GLOBAL INITIATIVE AGAINST HPV AND CERVICAL CANCER (GIAHC)
An Internship, Research and Volunteer Program
The Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer is the international arm of the NCCC, and will be launched in April 2010 by Dr. Krishnan, the Founder and President of the program. GIAHC serves as a platform to provide Global Coalition members (students, professionals, and volunteers alike) an opportunity to serve and collectively reduce the burden of HPV and cervical cancers around the world through advocacy, action, education and collaboration. Stay tuned for more details.
Promoting Heath Education: Through culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate health eduction materials, we promote, prevent, and improve knowledge about HPV and cervical cancer.
Engaging communities to influence public health policy: We identify barriers and help communities implement creative, medically sound, economically sustainable, practical solutions for effective management of HPV and cervical cancers.
Mentoring and training GIAHC members: Via direct communication with the President and/or senior members at GIAHC, we offer a very personal and interactive environment for Global Coalition members to cultivate new possibilities for international cooperation and research.
Annual Conference: We provide opportunities for exchange of ideas and collaboration with experts in the field and explore possibilities for expansion of this program around the world.
Global Coalition Institute: Using education as the key component, we guide Global Coalition members to transcend boundaries and invest with health care workers globally to raise visibility, foster collaboration and develop initiatives to reduce the burden of HPV and cervical cancer in the countries where they work.
Community Coalition Program: Administered by NCCC, we train and empower our Chapter members in the U.S. to connect individuals and communities to various institutions and organizations that offer free or affordable care to reduce the burden from cervical cancer and other HPV related diseases.
There are several ways in which you can help. The details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks . Our main focus is volunteering abroad.
Volunteer Abroad:Through our international work, we offer our members a unique window to
All volunteers participating in GIAHC international programs are Global
Coalition members. GIAHC programs channel your creativity, ideas, and energy to develop real and
meaningful change through personal involvement.
Our volunteer program is unique in that we hand pick our candidates,
listen to their goals and match them to our programs in areas of mutual
interest. In addition, we guide them through their research projects
where applicable and help them shape their initiatives. Candidates will
have ample opportunities to continually interact with key Global
Coalition members at GIAHC. We also encourage our members to discuss
their plans with their professors or advisors at their respective
academic institutions so that we can coordinate our efforts to create
the best experience possible. These memories will last a lifetime!
Overview: Distinction is made between internship, research and volunteer assignments. Global Coalition members interact with local doctors, nurses, public health and community health workers to facilitate comprehensive HPV and cervical cancer prevention care for patients who need it the most.
Three primary types of opportunities are available:
Work experience internship: Global Coalition members 18 years and older are eligible. Those
between the ages of 15-17 may participate if accompanied by a parent
who is also a Global Coalition member.
Work experience internships provide invaluable experience for participatings and provides a definitive edge when applying for jobs
or universities at the end of the course.
Global Coalition interns are encouraged to apply their global health
delivery skills and join a movement of global leaders committed to
developing effective programs for HPV and cervical cancer preventive
programs. All interns will receive a certificate from GIAHC on
successful completion of their program.
Research opportunities: These are available to undergraduates (through a
selection process), graduates, post-graduates and faculty members of academic institutions.
These opportunities are contingent upon approval of the Internal
Review Board (IRB) at the candidate's respective institutions and at the
discretion of GIAHC and local health authorities in the various countries
Voluntary assignments: GIAHC helps Global Coalition members join our
local partners and help strengthen their presence in local communities
by sharing their skills and experiences. Volunteers gain a comprehensive
understanding about the opportunities and challenges of global health.
This type of humanitarian effort gives volunteers the opportunity to be
a part of making change without making substantial sacrifices on their
professional and personal fronts.
1. KMVS/Bhojay Project:
Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan (KMVS) is a grassroots collective of rural women in the Kutch district of Gujarat, India. Since its inception in 1988, KMVS has grown from a three-person venture into a dynamic organization of more than 70 staff members and 13,500 rural women who have been organized into collectives throughout 4 Talukas (blocks) - Pachcham, Nakhatrana, Abdasa, and Mundra - spanning over 150 villages. As a local federation of rural women, KMVS has heralded a movement of social change by addressing critical issues that touch the every-day lives and livelihoods of rural women and their larger communities. The primary goal of KMVS is empowerment of women through interventions which address the issues concerning their lives. In order to realize these goals, KMVS has been organizing and mobilizing women into local collectives capable of independently addressing the issues of gender inequities in the development process and engendering a sustainable socio-economic transformation in the region.KMVS has worked on public health issues for the last nineteen years, but the focus on the Reproductive and Child Health Program (RCH) began in 1998 when KMVS first coordinated with Bhojay Sarvoday Trust, an organization committed to provide basic medical facilities to rural Kutch. KMVS's decision to emphasize women's reproductive health in particular is motivated by three core beliefs. First, women's health must be of primary concern, given the fact that the inevitability of a woman's biological duties is often the source of her social and economic vulnerability. For women to overcome their current social and economic vulnerability it is imperative that they have increased information on and greater control of their bodies. Second, addressing health concerns will better equip women to lead themselves, their families, and their communities towards a more sustainable form of economic, social and ecological development. Third, it is critical that women are oriented and trained regarding major health issues and their rights to health facilities so that they may take up the cause both on an individual and then on a community level as an informed, empowered health lobby.
Dr. Shobha Krishnan, discussing HPV, cervical cancer and screening techniques with women at KMVS in winter of 2008.
Liladhar Gada is a trustee of Shri Bhojay Sarvoday Trust. Bhojay emerged in 1996 with the objective to provide the basic health facilities to the dispossessed of rural Kutch, especially in remote areas where the number of deaths due to lack of medical facilities or treatment were on the rise. Kutch comprises of 10 blocks (Talukas) with 875 villages. Bhojay itself is located 40 kms. from Mandvi and opened in 1998. The hospital caters to the medical needs of the rural population from West Mandvi, Abdasa and Lakhpat blocks and has collaborated with KMVS in the past to provide women suffering from problems related to reproductive organs access to medical services, arrange quarterly surgical camps, train Dais and health workers and undertake an education and awareness program focused on women’s reproductive health.
Alka Jani was one of the founding members of KMVS in 1989 and has been extensively organizing, mobilizing, and training rural women in poverty since then, serving as Executive Secretary of KMVS for several years. She currently directs the HRIDay Cell and focuses on health, capacity-building and leadership training. In 2005 she was one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the GramVikas Paritoshik in 2004. She holds a Masters in Commerce.
Tarnistha Ray worked in the field of health as a district NGO coordinator in the field of Mother NGO Project Phase II and spent two years working on education for disabled children. Currently she is working as KMVS Secretariat Program Coordinator and thereby supporting health activities of KMVS. Tarnistha received a Masters in Social Work in 2003.
Damyantiben Joshi has worked with the KMVS for the past 10 years in the mobilizing and organizing of rural women. In addition, she supports the women’s other needs and assists HRIDAY cell in various health based training.
Bharti Khodiiyar has worked as a Health trainer in both general and reproductive health with KMVS for the last 3 years. She holds anursing degree and specializies in Maternity, child care and working as Main Health Trainer. In addition, she has taken certificate courses in Food and Nutrition and child development and holds a M.A. in Sociology.
Alice Drain is a senior at Yale University majoring in history. She is involved in community service and currently serves as the Education Network Coordinator for Dwight Hall, the independent center for public service and social justice at Yale and as a volunteer at The Connecticut Hospice. A course on public health convinced Alice to make the transition to medicine, and she plans on enrolling in a post-baccalaureate program after obtaining her B.A. Alice traveled to the Kutch area in the summer of 2009 and worked with Dr. Krishnan and KMVS/ Bhojay Trust to launch the Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening Project.
Surbhi Grover is a Radiation Oncology resident at Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School and her BA in Economics from Columbia University. During medical school she worked under Professor Jeffrey Sachs and other economist at the Earth Institute on evaluation of the National Rural Health Mission, a rural health initiative by the Ministry of Health of India. Her interest in onocolgy and public health and well suited for her passion for women's health and more specifically cervical and breast cancer screening and awareness program implementation and upscaling. She hopes to continue to contribute towards cancer prevention efforts in India through her residency and beyond.