BETTER HEALTHCARE FOR AFRICA, INC

aka BHA   |   Columbus, OH   |  http://betterhealthcareforafrica.org

Mission

Better Healthcare for Africa (BHA) is a secular, non-political, charitable organization dedicated to improving health outcomes in southern Africa by supporting health facilities and educational efforts that empower patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. We work to alleviate suffering caused by cancer, HIV and other diseases by providing supplies, medical equipment and educational resources to St. Albert's Mission Hospital and other hospitals serving medically underserved communities in Africa.

Ruling year info

2009

President

Mr. Darrell Ward MS

Main address

PO Box 361132

Columbus, OH 43236 USA

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EIN

26-3379382

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

AIDS (G81)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Healthcare for most Zimbabwean citizens is far inferior to the healthcare in high-resource countries. Lack of access to medical care and public health programs leads to high rates of disease, infant mortality and shorter life expectancy. BHA is committed to improving healthcare in a large area of rural Zimbabwe by targeting several glaring needs. High HIV prevalence predisposes individuals to opportunistic infections and HIV-related cancers, including cervical cancer, the most common cause of cancer death in Zimbabwean women. Such problems challenge the country’s hospitals and clinics, including St. Albert’s and Karanda mission hospitals, with whom we work. There is an urgent need to provide health education, prevent HIV infection, screen for cervical cancer to reduce death from the full-blown disease (treatment for advanced cancer is virtually unavailable), improve palliative care, improve maternal and child health, and assist in meeting critical shortages.

Our programs

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Project at St Albert's Mission Hospital

A hospital-based demonstration project for the prevention of cervical cancer through early detection and treatment , coupled with cancer and HIV education, that meets Zimbabwe Ministry of Health national standards for cervical screening and treatment using visual inspection with acetic acid and cervicography.

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Goals & Strategy

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BHA works to reduce the incidence and suffering from cancer by supporting cervical cancer screening and treatment in Zimbabwe; providing cancer education to doctors, medical students, nurses and midwives; improving palliative care; supporting HIV prevention; supporting efforts to improve women’s health; and assisting St. Albert's Mission Hospital meet critical needs. BHA works to eliminate death from cervical cancer in the rural districts served by St. Albert’s and Karanda Mission Hospitals through early detection of the disease and, ultimately, by primary prevention through vaccination. BHA’s cancer prevention and education efforts have a dual goal of establishing an infrastructure that will permit swift and effective distribution of HPV vaccination and HPV testing for cervical cancer prevention when these technologies become widely available. BHA initiatives also stress that preventing cancer can help prevent heart disease, hypertension and other serious noncommunicable diseases.

BHA develops innovative programming, collaborates with dedicated, compassionate colleagues in Zimbabwe and works with other NGOs. Philanthropic support is essential for sustaining cancer screening programs in Zimbabwe. BHA board member and oncologist Dr. Lowell Schnipper, Theodore W. and Evelyn G. Berenson Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Field of Oncology, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Director, Cancer Center and Chief, Hematology/Oncology Division, emeritus, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, obtained grants and private donations to support screening and treatment at two mission hospitals. He is also working with the ob/gyn at Karanda Mission Hospital, and collaborators at Stanford University and at the University of Zimbabwe on a study to identify the HPV subtypes that cause cervical cancer in Zimbabwe. BHA provides cancer education to hospital staff, and is working with a Zimbabwean hospice organization to provide palliative care training at two mission hospital.

BHA is led by educators, physicians, pharmacists and community health experts. Darrell Ward and other BHA board members have worked with physicians and nurses at St. Albert’s since 2000, when Darrell first visited the hospital as a Fulbright Scholar. We have visited the hospital many times since then and know the doctors and staff well. BHA board member Dr. Lowell Schnipper, has obtained grant funding and private donations to support BHA’s cervical cancer prevention initiatives at St. Albert’s and Karanda mission hospitals. BHA provides cancer education in Zimbabwe using videos and print material from a free online course called Introduction to the Science of Cancer (ISOC), which is offered by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. BHA seeks grants, conducts fundraisers and solicits crowd funding to support our initiatives and programs.

Cervical cancer prevention programs supported by BHA at two hospitals have screened more than 16,000 women and identified 931 women with precancerous changes and 193 cases of possible cancer. About 50% of women with a pre-cancerous lesion have been treated and cancer presumably prevented. The St. Albert’s conducts up to 10 community cancer-education visits per year and screenings at up to 3 remote clinics per month. BHA has conducted cancer education workshops at both hospitals. BHA is now working to maintain cervical screening at two hospitals; evaluate self-sampling by women for make cervical screening to reduce costs; purchase a vehicle to bring cancer prevention and education to remote areas; bring palliative care training to two hospitals; improve the water system at St. Albert's Mission Hospital and maintain an emergency fund to help St Albert's meet critical needs. Please visit www.betterhealthcareforafrica.org.

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BETTER HEALTHCARE FOR AFRICA, INC

Board of directors
as of 01/09/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Darrell Ward

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Term: 2012 - 2015


Board co-chair

Kenneth Schafermeyer

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Term: 2012 - 2015

Darrell Ward

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Pamela Potter

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Kenneth Schafermeyer

St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Barbara Ward

No affiliation

Janet Stucky Smith

Ohio State University

Susan Ramsey

No affiliation