Latest Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative: Tanzania
This week I met with global leaders at the African First Ladies Summit: #InvestinWomen, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group fighting to end breast and cervical cancers around the world. Earlier this week, I shared my journey to the Ocean Road Cancer Institute - the only specialized facility for cancer treatment in Tanzania.
Today, I joined President and Mrs. Bush and Tanzanian President and Mrs. Kikwete to announce that Tanzania is the latest country to engage with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® (PRRR). Just as PRRR successfully launched programs in December 2011 in Zambia, we are going to do the same in Tanzania. Together with the Ministry of Health, along with our partner organizations, we plan to educate and empower women in Sub-Saharan Africa to take control of their health. Not only will we provide education, but we will provide screening and treatment to those in need. This program leverages the HIV/AIDS platform — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — built under President George W. Bush and sustained under President Obama’s Global Health Initiative.
I also spoke at an event today organized by UNAIDS—one of our PRRR partners– about the right to a comprehensive package of health services for women living with HIV/AIDS. I talked about the holistic approach to women’s health and Susan G. Komen’s commitment to women’s empowerment and well-being. Because In sub-Saharan Africa alone, breast and cervical cancers take the lives of more than 100,000 women each year. That is why we’re working to add cancer control efforts to complement existing programs by building additional capacity into the strong service delivery platforms that have already been established.
I look forward to working with our PRRR family to determine next steps in Tanzania and in other countries around the world.
I am optimistic about the future. Together, we can end breast and cervical cancers worldwide. And together, we will.
About the author
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker founded Susan G. Komen on a promise she made to her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. She led a relentless breast cancer information and awareness campaign and succeeded in breaching the silence surrounding the disease, fundamentally changing the way it is talked about and treated. She started the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and also pioneered cause-related marketing, both of which have had a profound impact on the breast cancer movement. An outspoken champion of all people with breast cancer as well as those who are at risk for developing the disease, Ambassador Brinker takes her cause and her passion all over the world, seeking the fresh input and international partnerships essential to ending breast cancer forever. Among her many leadership roles, Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary from 2001-2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009.