BHI hosted 35 cervical cancer survivors from our programs as special guests for a morning of joy and celebration during the Christmas season. Many thanks to individual donors and businesses in San Salvador for providing plentiful gift baskets in this season of hope. We were overjoyed to have so many women and children join us this year. Eliminating cervical cancer is possible- just look at the faces of these strong women.
Health Festival in El Salvador
We were honored to be part of the first health festival in El Salvador, where different institutions came together to educate the general population and promote the prevention of different types of cancer. Yesenia, one of our cervical cancer survivors, shared her story of how she managed to overcome this preventable cancer.
Andrea Rosales’s visit to El Salvador
Members of BHI and Andrea Rosales from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) attended a meeting at the “Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS)” in El Salvador. We are working to influence policies pertaining to laboratory certification in El Salvador.
REDCap software training in El Salvador
With the support of MD Anderson’s I.T, Joseph Thomas and BHI’s I.T, Rene Novoa; we offered a REDCap software (Research Electronic Data Capture) training session for the staff of Dirección Nacional de Medicamentos (DNM), Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS) and Dirección de Tecnología Sanitarias y de Calidad (MINSAL) staff.
Dr. Miriam Cremer at the WHO Cervical Cancer Guideline Development meeting in Geneva
Our president and founder, Miriam Cremer, was the expert committee chair at the WHO Cervical Cancer Guideline Development meeting. This meeting was focused on updating WHO on screening and treatment recommendations to prevent cervical cancer worldwide.
PATH conference in Guatemala
Part of the BHI team was invited by PATH to go to a conference in Antigua Guatemala. At this meeting, discussions were held about the challenges and accomplishments of cervical cancer prevention in the Central American region. Strategies were developed as well, to help eradicate this disease.
Dr. Felix visited BHI El Salvador
Dr. Juan Carlos Felix visited BHI, to support us with pathology quality control for our projects in El Salvador.
Dr. Rachel Masch in Haiti
Our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rachel Masch was in Haiti working on our Celgene HPV self-sampling thermoablation study! Thanks to our team for the excellent work!
Spreading Cervical Cancer Awareness
It’s important for us to spread awareness about cervical cancer and the ways to prevent it. Dr. Méndez and Dr. Pérez were invited to a radio show where they shared their knowledge about cervical cancer; and to speak about what we do at BHI.
Mobile ODT follow-up training
A meeting was held to evaluate the six months of work in the triage centers at the Eastern region of El Salvador; using Mobile ODT in patients with HPV positive results.
4vision interview with Dr. Karla Alfaro
This week Dr. Karla Alfaro, Medical Director at BHI was interviewed by 4Visión; where she spoke about cervical cancer and prevention. Also, we visited one of our survivors, Patricia to talk about her experience with this type of cancer.
Dr. Mauricio Maza at the Universidad de Ciencias Médicas in Costa Rica
Dr. Mauricio Maza, Executive Director at BHI was invited to give a presentation about cervical cancer at Universidad de Ciencias Médicas (UCIMED) in Costa Rica. Dr. Pablo Guzmán Stein, Rector of the University was present at the event along with the many Deans from the Department of Health Sciences.
Dr. Miriam Cremer in the cervical cancer elimination meeting in Geneva
Our founder and president, Dr. Miriam Cremer, is with Dr. Tedros Adhanom, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, in Geneva for their cervical cancer elimination meeting. Dr. Cremer is an expert committee member advising the WHO on ways they can advance the elimination of cervical cancer
Investigator Meeting – NIH - Washington DC
Drs. Miriam Cremer, Mauricio Maza, Rachel Masch and Karla Alfaro attended to the Investigator Meeting in Washington DC. Where they showed progress of the studies that are being carried out. Also, they gave a demonstration of the special equipment that it has being used throughout the projects.
Universidad José Matías Delgado XXII Medicine Congress
We were honored to be one of the sponsors of José Matías Delgado University XXII Congress of Medicine in El Salvador. We presented new technologies that we use for cervical cancer prevention. Also, Dr. Mauricio Maza was invited to give a presentation to medical students on "Artificial Intelligence for Cervical Cancer Prevention".
BHI was honored to have been featured in an article by FIGO
BHI was honored to have been featured in an article by FIGO. The study addressed in the article reflects the impact of the cervical cancer screening program in El Salvador. This makes us proud because our collaboration with the Ministry of Health of El Salvador has been recognized around the world. We are committed to support the World Health Organization's call for action to eliminate cervical cancer.
Dr. Mauricio Maza gave a talk at MD Anderson's Global Academic Program (GAP)
Dr. Mauricio Maza gave a talk at MD Anderson's Global Academic Program (GAP) conference, where he spoke about the importance of collaborating in implementation and research programs. Our collaboration and support of MD Anderson has been essential for the success our projects in El Salvador.
Dr. Rachel Masch was awarded a Celgene Cancer Care Links grant for a project
Dr. Rachel Masch, the Chief Medical Officer of BHI, was awarded a Celgene Cancer Care Links grant for a project that was launched this week in Haiti. The study involves having 3,000 women perform HPV self-collection. The women's who are HPV-positive will then be treated with thermoablation, which uses heat to treat cervical pre-cancer. The Celgene research project examines the feasibility and acceptability of HPV self-collection and thermoablation in both a rural and urban setting and will take place at two sites: the Family Health Ministries (FHM) clinic in the mountains of Tom Gato, and the St. Luke's/BHI clinic in Port-au-Prince. Also, Rene Novoa, BHI's IT expert, trained 2 people on how to use RedCAP, the cloud-based data collection, and analysis tool that will be used in this study
Through January until February 4 (world cancer Day)
BHI supported ICCC in the World Cancer Day campaign against cancer. World Cancer Day video #IAMandIWill campaign.
Dr. Cremer attended a World Health Organization
Dr. Cremer attended a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting for defining research questions that will be important to meet the 2030 goal for elimination of cervical cancer. 2030 goal: A world where no women dies from cervical cancer. Vaccinating women against HPV.
Drs. Cremer and Masch and Catherine Platt flew to China to see the 3 new hospitals in Xinxiang Province
Drs. Cremer and Masch and Catherine Platt flew to China to see the 3 new hospitals in Xinxiang Province that will participate in the UH3. Drs. Cremer and Masch, along with the physicians from SDH, trained doctors from Weihui, Fengqiu and Yanjin hospitals in CO2 cryotherapy, CryoPen and thermoablation.
BHI members participated in the “Updating and Implementing DNA tests for HPV"
BHI members participated in the “Updating and Implementing DNA tests for HPV" workshop in Guatemala. They shared their experience in implementing HPV screening. The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health of Guatemala, from Duke, Harvard, and Georgetown Universities, as well as CDC representatives