EngenderHealth is one of the largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to making reproductive health care accessible to women and men around the world. Headquartered in New York City, EngenderHealth works globally to improve the lives of individuals by making reproductive health services safe, available, and sustainable.
Since 1995 EngenderHealth, together with Columbia University and the University of Cape Town, has coordinated a major research effort in South Africa aimed at establishing the feasibility and effectiveness of various cervical cancer screening approaches. In this study, four screening methods are being compared to evaluate their potential for use in low-resource settings. Under the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention, EngenderHealth is further studying the safety and efficacy of two of the methods visual inspection and human papilloma virus (HPV) testing and the project is being expanded to assess a broad range of service delivery questions related to cervical cancer prevention services. Within the Alliance, EngenderHealth plays a key role both in clarifying the safety and effectiveness of screening and treatment technologies, and in developing appropriate, sustainable service delivery approaches.