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 GWHT SPOTLIGHT: February 2020

WISH makes the MacArthur 100&Change Top 100

A Revolution Inspired by Women and Created for All

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We have reached a major milestone! We are delighted to officially announce that The MacArthur Foundation has selected our “Women-Inspired Strategies for Healthcare (WISH): A Revolution Against Cervical Cancer” among the Top 100 out of 755 proposals. This is an incredible opportunity to alter the paradigm of cervical cancer through a $100 million grant, in addition to joining MacArthur philanthropic affiliate, Lever for Change. We could not have made it to the MacArthur Top 100 without the support and collaboration of our partners. Scroll down to see our list of partners and visit our website to learn more about the WISH Revolution Team.

It has been a long and exciting journey, but we still have a long way to go. Women from marginalized, rural, and socio-economically disadvantaged communities need to travel great distances to access services for cervical cancer prevention. Even if they do travel to access medical services, women may not always get effective care. In addition to these structural barriers, the exam itself can make women feel extremely vulnerable, which is a significant deterrent. 

Our WISH Revolution model empowers women to get screened for cervical cancer on their own terms, enables them to get treatment by providers from their own communities, and empowers them to advocate for each other to create a multiplier effect that serves more women and saves more lives. Our technological innovations combined with education and empowerment make this a reality.

Our Goal

To reach five million women in two epicenters, Peru and Kenya, and reduce deaths by 50% in 5 years; we will draw on the lessons learned to expand to India and catalyze a global, women-led revolution against cervical cancer through our long-standing international partnerships. 


The Women in Tech Show - Listen to the Abie Award Series: Health Tech with Nimmi Ramanujam

The Women in Tech Show is a podcast that features the work of women in technology. On this episode, listen to Professor Ramanujam discuss the development and design of novel cervical cancer screening devices that democratize the way women access healthcare around the world. Professor Ramanujam is the 2019 Social Impact Abie Award, presented by, a global nonprofit working to reach 50/50 gender equity in tech by 2025. Learn more at: @TechWomenShow.


Professor Ramanujam to speak at SHEROES Project event

Professor Ramanujam will speak during the Engineering Global Women's Health event hosted by The SHEROES Project, which features the stories of women in technology. The event will be Tuesday, February 25th at 6 pm in the Social Sciences Building, Room 136 on Duke West Campus. 

Happy Women's History Month!

Honoring the contributions of women. 


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