Making an Impact in Panama: Day 2
Guest post by Catherine Oliveros, Regional Director of International, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Our visit to Panama continues to help us better understand the challenges they face throughout the continuum of care. The conversations we are having with local experts this week will help inform the direction Susan G. Komen must take to support education and awareness programs in this country through our grants, research and advocacy initiatives.
On Day 2 we convened local government officials, private institutions and non-government organizations for a series of roundtables to talk about the state of breast cancer in Panama. Our first discussion centered on the specific difficulties of addressing awareness, prevention and treatment of breast cancer in Panama. We had a great open discussion about the challenges, as well as the current efforts underway in the country. Participants set the stage for future partnerships and laid the groundwork for Komen to lead the work necessary to engage in advocacy at the local level in order to drive change nationally.
Another highlight of the day was when our president, Elizabeth Thompson, was interviewed by the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa. Liz was asked how she leveraged her background and experience in science and communications to lead the world’s largest grassroots organization working to decrease breast cancer mortality on a global scale. She also discussed how Komen is attempting to make an impact on the disease through our research and our global strategy, including the success of the Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness in Panama.
Following the roundtable, we held a celebration luncheon for our newest partners in the region – more on that later. This provided an opportunity for everyone to network, learn about what we have planned in Panama in the next year. The luncheon also provided an informal venue for Komen to orientate grantees on policies and procedures, monitoring and evaluation and technical assistance opportunities.
This has been a great trip so far, and we look forward to sharing our big news soon.
Regional Director of International
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.