Headshot Photo of Lena Goldstein
2018 Award Recipient


Project Improved Cervical Cancer Screening Programs in Developing Nations

Location Arnold, MD

Issue Area Gender Equality | Health

What started for Lena as a year-long international medical service trip with her family evolved into an independent project that partners with existing organizations in developing countries to offer cost-effective cervical cancer screenings. Lena’s protocol uses new technology in combination with cervical cancer screening techniques in order to ensure quality control in a “see and treat” approach. Currently, Lena’s program has partnerships in Peru, Cambodia, and China.

Over 2,000 women have been screened for high-risk HPV, resulting in the treatment of 110 patients for cervical dysplasia (pre-cancer) and five patients for cervical carcinoma. In 2017, Lena presented her research at the International Society for the 2017 Study of Women’s Sexual Health and is an author of abstracts presented at the 2018 American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Women’s Health, and Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease.

The Herculean task of improving healthcare for just one patient seems overwhelming. Working together, I see the indispensable role of each local health promoter, philanthropist, volunteer physician, cook, CEO, nurse, pharmacist, and translator.

Lena Goldstein
“It is never too late, too early, or too often TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE”
Helen Diller