Spreading the Word: Education and Health Clinic Promotion through Student-Led Cancer Workshops in Nicaragua

Spreading the Word: Education and Health Clinic Promotion through Student-Led Cancer Workshops in Nicaragua

Location:
Masaya, Nicaragua
GESI Team:
Carine Kanimba, Alondra Almaraz-Camacho, Scott Brown
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Women's Empowerment; Education / Youth; Health
Apply to the Program  
Summer 2015

Project Background

The main challenge the GESI team’s project sought to address was that CIPO, Masinfa’s women’s clinic that focuses on uterine and breast cancer, was not attracting enough patients to sustain itself financially, and was looking for ways to market to a broader audience, especially young people. The project addressed this issue by creating a workshop, taught by students in CIPO’s health promoter club, to educate people from Masaya about uterine cancer and its prevention. The workshop informs people on safe sexual behaviors and the exams needed to detect and prevent uterine cancer, while also emphasizing that CIPO offers these services and is a resource available to the community. The GESI team conducted a survey of 100 people in Masaya on various health topics, the results of which showed that cancer was an area in which the community was not well-informed. Next steps involved researching and designing a promoter’s manual, which contained all the information the students need to teach a workshop on uterine cancer. A training then took place, in which 17 students learned how to give the workshop, and the following week, four workshops occurred: two at Masinfa, one at a clinic in Masaya, and one at a women’s organization. Moving forward, Masinfa can continue communicating with different organizations in the community in order to offer this workshop to more people and educate about CIPO.