Basic Health International, Inc.

To live in a world where no woman dies of cervical cancer

aka Basic Health, Basic Health International, BHI   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.basichealth.org

Mission

Basic Health International exists to eliminate cervical cancer on a global level through cutting edge research for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer in low resource settings. Through research and field-work in Latin American countries, BHI is creating a scalable blueprint of sustainable strategies that can be applied in communities throughout the world to prevent, identify, and treat cervical cancer. Aligned with the World Health Organization’s mission to eliminate cervical cancer globally by 2030, BHI’s team of experts focuses on research, community education, outreach, and policy. During COVID-19 we are building laboratory infrastructure for SARS-CoV-2 testing which can later be used for the HPV testing critical to cervical cancer elimination.

Notes from the nonprofit

We look forward to working with you and our collaborators to make cervical cancer elimination a reality. Basic Health International uses our expertise in medical research to bring affordable and scalable technologies to low-middle-income countries (LMICs) where cervical cancer is often the leading cause of death for women. Cervical cancer is entirely preventable, along with your support, we are making a difference in health equity for women and girls. Vaccination, screening, and treatment allow women and girls to live without the threat of cervical cancer.

Ruling year info

2007

Founder and President

Dr. Miriam Cremer

Main address

6425 Living Place, FL 2

Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA

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Formerly known as

Basichealth: El Salvador

EIN

20-3408717

NTEE code info

Cancer (G30)

Cancer Research (H30)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cervical cancer is entirely preventable, yet it kills hundreds of thousands of women around the world every year. Basic Health International has the tools to prevent these unnecessary tragedies and is dedicated to eliminating cervical cancer. In 2018, the World Health Organization listed cervical cancer in it's call to action for disease elimination by 2030 which is aligned with BHI's mission. 90% of preventable cervical cancer deaths occur in low resource communities around the globe. Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. BHI works within communities to build sustainable models and infrastructure for the screening and treatment of thousands of women each year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cervical Cancer Research & Screen and Treat Programs

Basic Health International's major programs include cervical cancer screening and treatment in Central America, medical training programs for in-country healthcare providers, patient care and follow-up treatment for all women with disease, policy advisement for cervical cancer screening and treatment programs, including collaboration at the local, state and national level. We conduct region specific research, publish our findings in medical journals, and sponsor an annual international cervical cancer symposium.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Doctor's Against Cervical Cancer Award 2010

Women Against Cervical Cancer

International Health Promotion Award 2010

URAC and the Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Providers trained in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in El Salvador

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cervical cancer is entirely preventable, Basic Health International will work to eradicate this disease.

Basic Health International will eliminate cervical cancer by:
1) Conducting cutting-edge research on early prevention and treatment
2) Implementing sustainable strategies that can be scaled in limited resource settings
3) Leading advocacy for evidenced-based strategies and policies

We are globally recognized as a leader in the secondary prevention of cervical cancer. We provide clinical training, research, and public policy guidance in the field of cervical cancer screening and treatment, particularly for women in low-resource settings. Providing guidance and partnership to help low resource countries build infrastructure to address cervical cancer has been successful and we aim to replicate our models around the world.

BHI has conducted ground-breaking research in the secondary prevention of cervical cancer and published more
than 45 articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals to disseminate the findings.

BHI has been consulted by the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and several Ministries of Health in Latin America, to help formulate national and international cervical cancer screening guidelines.

BHI trains health professionals in low-tech, low-cost screening and treatment methods appropriate for use in low-resource settings. We’ve trained more than 4,000 clinicians in China, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

BHI offers free cervical pre-cancer screening, and treatment for all women identified with cervical cancer. To date, BHI has screened more than 92,000 women and treated 15,000+ with pre-cancer

BHI partnered with the Ministry of Health to create CAPE, a cervical cancer- screening project targeting four low-income communities. CAPE has helped El Salvador become the first country in the world to procure low-cost HPV tests, and is expanding it into a national screening program. With support from the NIH, we are employing new developments and technologies to treat more women in cost- effective ways.

In 2019, BHI worked with the World Health Organization to replicate the CAPE model in other settings around the world. And we strengthened advocacy for changes in cervical cancer prevention guidelines worldwide.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our mission is to eliminate cervical cancer; therefore, we serve women worldwide who live in areas without access to cervical cancer screening and treatment programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The feedback we receive is quite positive. By offering screening and treatment of cervical cancer (at no cost to the patient), is life-saving to many women and families around the world.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our patients are appreciative of the cervical cancer screening and treatment we provide. An example of how we meet our patients "where they are", is helping to coordinate transportation, childcare, food, and other services to women so that they do not face additional barriers to cervical cancer screening. Additionally, our staff travels to remote villages to provide clinics and keeps in touch with patients through a trusted community health promoter.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Basic Health International, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Deepa Desai

consultant

Term: 2019 - 2022

Deepa Desai

Miriam Hess

Siegel Strategies

Mauricio Samoya

GSF Partners

Ricardo Perdomo

Corporacion Multi-Inversiones

Caroline Kant-Merada

EspeRare Foundation

Raegan McDonald-Mosley

Power to Decide

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Jewish
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.