The Honduran Health Alliance is an international alliance of organizations working together in the areas of education, capacity building, health, and development. Program partners currently focus their efforts on women's reproductive health and community development through an annual women’s health education & cervical cancer screening project.
The 2013 HHA team after clinic!
Planning and collaboration occur throughout the year and the outreach project takes place every summer. A group of students from the University of North Carolina's Schools of Medicine and Public Health travels to the southern department of Choluteca, Honduras for the women's health project. Students visit the six partner communities of Las Communidades Unidas surrounding El Corpus where they live with host families and give health education talks (charlas) for the local women. Supervised by UNC physicians, students also organize and run a week-long clinic for the women, which includes cervical cancer screening and family planning counseling and resources. Appropriate follow-up care for women with mild to moderate dysplasia is paid for by the HHA program and provided by Alliance partners.
The trip in July 2013 marked the tenth consecutive summer that HHA students have worked in Honduras. The charlas given this year in the communities covered information about cervical cancer, family planning, sexually transmitted infections, domestic violence, nutrition, and menopause. In the clinic, the family planning options offered were condoms, birth control pills, Depo provera injections and IUDs. Furthermore, close to 400 women were seen in clinic, and we provided all women who received pap smears with their results the following week. Any patients with mild to moderate dysplasia will be fully funded and tracked for follow-up care with our local partners.
Jackie Lee (MS2) and John Meyer (MS4) discussing clinic.
Our lovely Family Medicine residents, Drs. Monica Selak (left) and Mansa Semenya.
Brandon Roane (MS4) and Desiree Coutinho (MS2) interview a patient.