On February 4th, World Cancer Day, BHI co-hosted a symposium with the Salvadoran Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), entitled “Unamonos Contra el Cancer: Tu Puedes, Nosotros Podemos” (Unite Against Cancer: You Can, We Can.). Attendees included the current Minister of Health Dr. Violeta Menjivar, and the twelve institutions comprising the Alliance for Cancer Prevention and Control. Also in attendance were members of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), National Cancer Instistute (NCI), Nationbal Institute of Health (NIH), Harvard School of Public Health, Keck School of Medicine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rising Tide Foundation.
The symposium promoted awareness and presented a comprehensive approach to preventing new cancer cases and decreasing mortality. New regulations and guidelines were ceremoniously introduced, including: the National Policy for the Prevention and Control of Cancer; Technical Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Cervical and Breast Cancer; Fact Sheets on the Prevention of Prioritized Cancers (Cervix, breast, prostate, lung, stomach, colon-rectum); and educational leaflets and posters for overall cancer prevention and awareness of screening fo
As part of the conference, BHI also held a technology “Show and Tell” to introduce and demonstrate BHI’s current research and development projects, including the LMIC-adapted CyroPen, the LMIC-adapted Thermocoagulator, and the careHPV machine.
Preceding the symposium, BHI staff and interested stakeholders visited health clinics involved in our CAPE program to see the project in action, and to meet the various health workers involved.