We believe that a woman is the nucleus of her family, and when she becomes ill or dies, her children, family and community suffer. We work with programs both domestically (within the US) and internationally to minimize these far-reaching consequences.
- Build relationships to develop, strengthen and support HPV and cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment programs: With the use of knowledge and talents of local and international health and allied workers, we aim to strengthen existing systems where available, and support the development of new ones that are practical and can be integrated optimally where necessary. This comprehensive care service is delivered to the population year-round.
- Promote health education: Assist with the development of culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate health education materials and get men involved in the conversation.
- Training: Co-host training workshops on a periodic basis to train community health workers (physicians, nurses and other qualified health personnel) on cervical cancer education, prevention through HPV vaccine, screening and early treatment.
- Engage communities in HPV vaccination, screening and early treatment programs: Identify barriers and help communities implement creative, medically sound, economically sustainable, practical solutions for effective management of of HPV vaccination, screening, early treatment and referral base for advanced cervical cancers.
We promote models that work on the principle of task shifting: to shift less sophisticated procedures such as cervical cancer screening and early treatment from highly trained professionals (such as physicians) to nurses and community health workers (CHWs) with appropriate training. This is essential, particularly in regions of the world where there are acute shortages in human resources.
Most of our partners and collaborators are currently using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) to detect early precancerous changes. Treatment is then followed by “cryotherapy” (freezing of cells) when appropriate. Those with advanced disease are referred to clinics and hospitals in the area wherever possible.
In the near future, we hope to introduce objective, more accurate cost effective technologies such as HPV DNA testing and biomarkers that identify host cell integration as a precursor to cervical pre-cancer and cancer.
- HPV vaccination: The HPV vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent cervical cancer in the long run, it can prevent up to 93% of cervical cancers. In addition, it has also shown to prevent many other HPV related cancers in BOTH men and women. Unfortunately, the vaccine is not available at affordable prices in many parts of the world. We are currently working with our coalition members to find more funding for HPV vaccination globally.
- Screen the Mother, Vaccinate the Child: We are working with countries that have a good HPV vaccination program to increase screening in women/mothers of children using mHealth and self- sampling.
- Empower Young Leaders: The GIAHC Young Leaders program helps to create and disseminate educational content through schools, communities and social media to raise awareness and to educate and take action regarding the importance of the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer screening. Starting in 2017, GIAHC will present an award annually to one young leader who shows greatest interest, dedication and creativity to further our mission.
- Embrace Arts and Social Media: Find powerful, inspirational and aspirational methods to spread our message through various art forms including films such as Lady Ganga, Nilza’s Story.
- Women Saving Women Movement: Embrace women and women’s groups from various walks of life who have the passion to give back to their communities and societies around the world, but don’t know how. For more information, please contact us.
- “The World Could End Cervical Cancer if it Tried” Talk Series: In 2018, we embarked on an educational talk series targeting both men and women. The first talk was presented at the International Papillomavirus Society in Cape Town titled “The World Could End Cervical Cancer if It Tried-Embracing the Power of Youth.” We plan to have several such talks in the coming months.