Women-Inspired Strategies for Healthcare

Women-Inspired Strategies for Healthcare


Women-Inspired Strategies for Healthcare (WISH) is disrupting the status quo by empowering women to be at the center of the solution to eliminate cervical cancer, a preventable and treatable disease. Led by Duke Center for Global Women's Health Technologies, and in partnership with HOPE Peru (led by Dra. Patricia Garcia, former Minister of Health), Duke-Margolis is bringing expertise in health financing and health policy to analyze policy barriers to the uptake of implementing a see-and-treat model, propose policy and payment solutions, and design and implement a micro-costing and cost-effective analysis in Peru. In Peru, cervical cancer is the leading cause of death from cancers for Peruvian women in their prime reproductive and economic years. Our project aims to inform that national strategy for cervical cancer screening and treatment to save the lives of women. 


In 2020, WISH was selected as a Top 100 Bold Solutions Idea in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition aimed to identify innovative ideas to solve critical social challenges. Learn more about the WISH Revolution, which includes work in Kenya, Costa Rica, Honduras, and India, here.


In August 2019, the team joined partners in Lima, Peru to refine the design of a pilot program to implement in Cajamarca, Peru. 

In March 2020, the team held focus groups and interviewed 20 CHWs to understand the community impact of HOPE in Pachacutec and Mi Peru, two peri-urban communities on the outskirts of Lima. Team leaders lead a team of students from Pocket Colposcope: Analysis of Bringing Elements of Referral Services to Community Care (2019-2020), part of the Bass Connections program. 

Read our Brookings Future Development blog here. We found that technology-enabled community health opens up three pathways to advance women-inspired solutions, including through: empowerment, investing in financial autonomy and plugging health systems gaps that matter most. 

Funder: USAID, Duke Bass Connections

Duke Lead: Duke Center for Global Women's Health Technologies


Duke-Margolis Team

Andrea Thoumi

Andrea Thoumi, MPP, MSc

Health Equity Policy Fellow
Senior Team Member
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member
Core Faculty Member
Adjunct Assistant Professor
2020 Intern Mentor

Gavin Yamey

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH

Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute
Margolis Core Faculty
2020 Intern Mentor

Osondu Ogbuoji

Osondu Ogbuoji, MBBS, MPH

Assistant Research Professor of Global Health
Margolis Core Faculty
2020 Intern Mentor

Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Director of Margolis Center
Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy
Margolis Executive Core Faculty

Nimmi Ramanujam

Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD

Robert W. Carr, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Margolis Core Faculty


Krishna Udayakumar, MD, MBA

Director of Post-Graduate Education Initiatives, Margolis Center
Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine
Margolis Executive Core Faculty
2020 Intern Mentor

Bass Connections Classes

Bass Connections Class

Pocket Colposcope: Analysis of Bringing Elements of Referral Services to Community Care

BassConnections Class 2019 - 2020

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WISH Revolution Partners

Empowering Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Women-inspired Strategies for Health (WISH)

BassConnections Class 2020 - 2021