Basic Health International (BHI) was established in 2005 by Dr. Miriam Cremer, a board certified obstetrician and a staff clinician at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine. BHI’s mission is to eradicate cervical cancer globally. We utilize our expertise in women’s health to provide clinical training, research and public policy guidance in the field of cervical cancer screening and treatment, particularly for women in low-resource settings.
Our offices are located in New York, Pittsburgh and San Salvador, El Salvador.
WHY CERVICAL CANCER?
Although it is preventable, cervical cancer places a heavy burden on women living in low-income countries who typically have little or no financial means to pay for treatment.
• Worldwide, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes.
• Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death of women in developing countries.
• Cervical cancer claims over 275,000 women’s lives each year, and nearly 90% of these deaths occur in developing countries.
WHAT WE DO:
There is no reason for a woman to die from cervical cancer. It is the goal of BHI to create a sustainable model for cervical cancer screening and treatment in developing countries by training local health professionals, treating patients, publishing best practices research, and contributing to policy reform that supports screening efforts.