Con Amor Aprendemos in El Salvador

The “Con Amor Aprendemos, With Love We Learn” is one of the Spirit Foundation’s most impactful initiatives to educate couples in the prevention of cervical cancer. In this seven-week faith-based education program, 187 promotoras or community health educators were trained to combat the lack of knowledge regarding HPV that exists amongst Salvadoran women. Since 2011, over a thousand community members participated in culturally appropriate activities addressing issues such as cervical cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment to promote positive health-related decision-making. With El Salvador as a model, the CAA HPV education program has significantly increased cervical cancer screening and awareness in this country. The CAA has grown exponentially and is being used as a tool to mobilize female parliamentarians and civil society members to lobby the national government to include the HPV vaccine in the National Plan on Immunization in El Salvador. In July of 2013, The Spirit Foundation has continued its efforts in training over sixty promotoras to continue the educational efforts amongst the Salvadoran community.