Reducing cervical cancer among women in developing countries
[Update – Nov – Dec. 2020] – Grounds for Health programs in Kenya is the East African powerhouse of the coffee world. Both in the cup, and the way they run their trade, everything is topnotch.: Kenya is the East African powerhouse of the coffee world. Both have rebounded from initial slowing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, they have opened five new programs in Nyeri County. Read more HERE.
In 1996, Grounds for Health was founded by a member of the coffee industry who recognized that thousands of women in coffee-growing communities were dying needlessly from cervical cancer. They partner with coffee cooperatives and communities to ensure these women gain access to the best possible care.
Grounds for Health recognizes that is no direct association between coffee and cervical cancer, but there is a definite correlation between rural areas—places where coffee is grown—and cervical cancer rates. Women in these areas do not have access to adequate Running coffee through a screen with holes of a fixed size to sort beans for size.: Running coffee through a screen with holes of a fixed size to sort beans for size. and treatment services that could save their lives.
The Grounds for Health model leverages resources and expertise from partners across multiple sectors and continents, engaging with local and national governments, private industry partners, and community groups like coffee cooperatives—all of whom share our commitment to keeping women healthy. With our sights always on increasing the number of women treated, we build local capacity to ensure that the systems and resources needed to sustain scale and quality of services remain in place over the long term.
Sweet Maria’s is a proud supporter of Grounds for Health. Donating a portion of the proceeds of the sales from our 2021 Cars of Coffee calendar is our latest way of giving back to a great organization that is doing their part in coffee growing communities.
We are continuously exploring possibilities for new program sites, new technology, and new approaches. There is an overwhelming need for cervical cancer services all over the developing world, and Grounds for Health is meeting this challenge head-on with quality, scalable and sustainable solutions.-Grounds for Health
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