El Salvador has one of the world's highest cervical cancer death rates in the world, although the disease is completely preventable with screening. Basic Health International trains in-country health providers to screen for the disease and implement preventative programs. During screenings, a small number of women are inevitably diagnosed with cervical cancer. These women are from the poorest regions in El Salvador and often cannot afford costs of treatment.
This project will ensure that care for women does not end after diagnosis. Since 2005, BHI has set up sustainable screening programs throughout rural El Salvador. However, women from these remote areas live prohibitive distances from treatment facilities and are challenged by economic barriers to care. This project will relocate women to the city of San Salvador for treatment and provide housing, food, transportation, and support services during their stay.
This project will elevate the standard of care for women of El Salvador by ensuring they receive life-saving treatment for a preventable disease. It will foster their return to health and to their lives as mothers, heads-of-households, and valued community members.