Grounds for Health awarded grant to expand work in Ethopia

Grounds for Health is the recipient of a two-year $175,000 grant from The Starbucks Foundation to help expand its programs in Ethiopia.

The grant will help support a new project for Grounds for Health: forming six innovative Centres of Excellence in Sidama, Gedeo, and West Guji Zones. These centres will act as training sites as well as demonstration hubs for key health sector stakeholders.

It is estimated that the Centres of Excellence will help Grounds for Health reach more than 15,000 women in Ethiopia in the coming years, and will give the organisation the opportunity to implement new screening and treatment methods that should be “real game changers”.

The Starbucks Foundation’s Origin Grant joins a significant legacy of generosity from the coffee industry (and from people who love coffee) that has been the backbone of Grounds for Health’s work for over twenty years.

Program director Dagmawi Iyasu said: “It doesn’t take a miracle worker to make a difference in cervical cancer prevention in Ethiopia. The technology and infrastructure, joined with the positive will of the coffee world, will help ensure that Ethiopians have swift access to critical improvements in screening and treatment, thereby helping women in the hardest to reach coffee regions.”

From day one, Grounds for Health’s sole focus has been to improve women’s lives in under-resourced coffee regions. This generous grant from The Starbucks Foundation helps lay the foundation to make a real, tangible impact in Ethiopia not only for the next two years, but for many years to come.

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