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Our message of appreciation to Dining for Women

A message to Dining for Women members                                                                      

Diana Bowie, President and Geordan Shannon, Medical Director

We want to portray how powerful this project has become, both for the communities involved and for us as an organization. It has become even more powerful than we realized at the time. The grant from Dining for Women has served as a catalyst for change.

Because of our work, the women – and even the men – of our communities are becoming very involved in their own healthcare; for some of them, this is the first time they have engaged with formal healthcare and taken charge of their own health. They are really excited about this project and it is gaining momentum. Women are engaged in our program and asking good questions. From appearing shy and marginalized, they are now proactive and more empowered.

The project has allowed community members to talk about what is important for them. For the first time, we have opened discussions around sexuality, relationships, and even domestic violence. From our discussions, we have community leaders wanting to form more locally led projects addressing violence against women, women’s health and chronic disease.

We have always spoken about sustainability of our work, through listening to the community’s needs. Now we are able to realize this fully:  the community is now interested in taking the lead on their own healthcare and they are asking about doing this for themselves. Beyond this, we have the valuable opportunity to work with the government to incorporate this program into the public system to provide care for all women in Loreto. Our program, serving as a blueprint for action, may extend over the entire district.

By investing in us, you have shown the communities that they have a voice. You have allowed them to dream of a better future and start realizing the change they have wanted to see in their world.



Back from the jungle September 2016

28 volunteers from around the world participated in our September jungle trip dedicated to cervical cancer and HPV.  Women came from 8 villages to learn more about the disease.  73 women had pelvic examinations with collection of specimens for pap smear and HPV, including some who needed treatment with cryotherapy.

In addition a medical clinic was conducted for all adults and children.  Games kept the children occupied while formal education was given.
Photo Brittany set 2016 jpeg Photo group set 2016 jpeg

Volunteers from around the world participated in ABCS project

In October the clinical phase of the ABCS Women’s Project got underway with volunteers from 8 countries from around the world.  Medical Director Dr. Geordan Shannon and the group visited 6 villages by boat, consulted with 129 women, did 72 gynaecological exams, performed 69 pap smears, performed HPV self-sampling on 66 women, and performed cryotherapy on 21 women who had abnormal changes on their cervix.   Followup on these women and visits to additional villages will be done in 2016 and 2017.

Earlier in July Dr. Shannon conducted the educational phase of the ABCS project.  Over 10 days classes were held about cervical cancer and HPV.  Special educational booklets were developed as one of the resources for the women in the region, marking the first time materials have been produced reflecting the life and look of the people in the jungle.  By adapting materials to depict the way of in the jungle communities we believe it will pave the way for better understanding in the classes.