Williston nonprofit receives $200K for third-world cancer prevention

Grounds for Health, a Williston-based nonprofit that works internationally to prevent cervical cancer in developing countries, has received a $200,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor in support of the organization’s programs in Peru, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Over the past 20 years, Grounds for Health has screened over 80,000 women and treated over 6,000 women with a “single visit approach” that combines low-cost screening and treatment for cervical cancer in a single visit.

With the grant, the organization hopes to add thermocoagulation as a treatment technology and lay the groundwork to incorporate human papilloma virus testing, according to a press release.

“This is a win-win for women where access to basic medical services is limited,” said Ellen Starr, clinical director at Grounds for Health.

Grounds for Health is focused on increasing coverage of cervical cancer screening and preventive therapy for women working in global value chains including coffee, tea, cocoa and cut flowers. More information can be found at