BENEFITING: PREVENTIVE ONCOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, Inc.
Preventive Oncology International, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity (www.poiinc.org) , was founded in 1997 to blend humanitarian work with good clinical science. The foundation, known as POI, is based in the United States, and has worked with international collaborators in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and rural China. See website: www.poiinc.org
POI spent many years studying new screening technologies especially focused on reaching the medically underserved. To date, more than 60,000 women have participated in our clinical trials, leading to improved care for millions worldwide. Our trials for cervical cancer screening have been documented in 100+ peer-reviewed scientific publications. See https://archive.org/details/BelinsonJPubMed22015 . Our primary focus over the past 18 years has been to empower women and communities using self-collection of samples for screening. We have developed community-based and internet-based models to reach the populations most in need. Even in our western healthcare systems we spend an enormous amount of healthcare dollars screening to identify the positives. For many conditions self-collection can significantly reduce healthcare costs by allowing our precious healthcare resources to be focused on the management of those individuals with positive screening tests. Now we have now encountered an unfortunate reality that when the focus is no longer new technologies funding has become very difficult to obtain. We strongly desire to concentrate our work demonstrating how our models can rapidly reach large populations. We believe that demonstrating how to provide care (screening and management) at less than $5.00/person is critical . Our goal is $300,000 to implement our models for the future of community based healthcare.
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