Guyana Women’s Health Program
RAM has a long history of working within Guyana, serving nearly 70,000 Guyanese people to date. In 2018, the RAM Guyana Women’s Health Program was created to help prevent and treat cervical cancer throughout the country. Comprised of volunteer healthcare providers from around the world, this important program provides free, timely, and consistent cervical cancer screenings, HPV vaccinations, diagnostic and preventive services, and other gynecological services to Amerindian women.
Guyana, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, also has the third highest rate of cervical cancer. The Amerindian population in Guyana is one of the most impoverished and many indigenous women have died because the healthcare infrastructure in the remote villages of Guyana does not provide gynecological care due to lack of equipment and training.
In 2019, RAM has provided more than 1,800 Guyanese individuals with care, improving the overall health and lives of many women by helping to curb the alarmingly high rate of cervical cancer in Guyana.
RAM’s air ambulance program provides quick, sustainable, and reliable emergency transportation to hundreds of Amerindian villagers in need of immediate medical care.
Since 2001, Remote Area Medical – (RAM)® has provided a free air ambulance to thousands of Amerindian villagers in remote Guyana. In these isolated regions, RAM’s air ambulance is often the only way to access medical care, making the difference between life and death. RAM flies its Cessna 206 into 28 different airfields to transport villagers to facilities for vital care.
Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Guyana Air Ambulance program has benefited close to 230 patients and connected more than 140 caregivers to people in need in 2019. RAM pilots logged nearly 150 hours of flight and traveled 14,376 miles. The program has provided more than $264,290 in value of care to some of Guyana’s most impoverished populations.
RAM’s air ambulance continues the mission to alleviate suffering to those in need.
For more information about the key role Guyana played in the founding of RAM, click here.