Susan G. Komen Expands Breast Cancer Programs in Tanzania
Nancy G. Brinker Stresses Need for Breast Cancer Programs in Low- and
Middle-Income Countries as part of African First Ladies Summit – Investing in
Women: Strengthening Africa
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- June 28, 2013
Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, today
announced Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and Chair of Global Strategy, will visit
Tanzania next week to continue implementing breast cancer programs in the
sub-Saharan African country.
The trip is part of the African First Ladies Summit – Investing in Women:
Strengthening Africa, hosted by the George W. Bush Institute on July 2-3.
Brinker will speak about the need to raise awareness and implement effective
breast and cervical cancer programs in Tanzania. First Lady Michelle Obama and
former President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are keynote speakers.
More than 60 percent of cancer deaths occur in the developing world, yet only
five percent of world cancer resources are dedicated there. North and
sub-Saharan Africa have some of the highest growth rates in breast and
cervical cancer cases worldwide.
Susan G. Komen is a founding member alongside the George W. Bush Institute,
the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Joint United
Nations Program on HIV/AIDS of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon^® (PRRR) Partnership
– a lifesaving health program that builds on existing healthcare programs to
integrate cervical and breast cancer screenings, treatment and education in
this region. With initial commitment of $85 million across five years, the
primary goal of PRRR is to reduce deaths from these growing women’s cancers in
"Before my sister, Suzy, died, she made me promise her that I would do
everything in my power to rid the world of breast cancer," said Brinker.
“Where a woman lives should not determine whether she lives and at Susan G.
Komen we are working hard to help women around the world.”
During her visit, Brinker will also meet with patients and doctors at the
Ocean Road Cancer Institute where she will meet with the Medical Women’s
Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) and the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation
(TBCF). Ocean Road Cancer Institute is the only specialized facility for
cancer in Tanzania and one of the country’s oldest health institutions.
Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations
Programme on HIV/AIDS, will co-host with Brinker a tour of this facility on
Tuesday, July 2 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. local time as part of the Summit’s
breakout sessions. On Wednesday, July 3 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. local time
Brinker will join Sidibé and other experts at the International Labour
Organization (ILO) Office for Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda in a panel
discussion on the need for a comprehensive package of health services for
women living with HIV.
“At Susan G. Komen, we believe the focus should be on the continuum of care —
the chain of events that begin with education and screening, and carry a
patient through diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and hopefully remission,”
Brinker said. “Part of our role in Tanzania will be to provide doctors with
the tools and training to ensure women are not lost along this continuum.”
As a founding partner of PRRR, Susan G. Komen is committed to raise the
profile of women’s cancer in the global arena, and provide grassroots training
to educate women about breast and cervical cancer and empower them to seek and
demand screening, treatment, and vaccination.
Highlights of Komen’s work to date in Africa include:
*Providing a grant toThe Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
(CIDRZ) to establish the Cancer Prevention Alliance of Zambia. This
alliance convenes existing breast and cervical cancer advocacy
organizations in Zambia in order to coordinate strategies and share best
*Scaling up breast and cervical cancer education to increase knowledge and
awareness and reduce stigma throughout Zambia in coordination with local
NGOs, the Zambian government, the U.S. government and PRRR partners.
*Committing $200,000 USD to training medical specialists on breast
healthcare diagnostics and treatment through a twining arrangement with a
U.S. based University.
About Susan G. Komen®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in
her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen® works to end breast
cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $755
million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach
programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and
uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research
and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit
komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon®
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon builds on existing healthcare programs to integrate
cervical cancer prevention—including increased access to HPV
vaccinations—screenings and treatment, as well as breast and cervical cancer
education in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The primary goal of the
partnership is to reduce deaths from these growing women’s cancers in
Organizing members of the partnership include the George W. Bush Institute
(GWBI), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G.
Komen®, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Corporate
and foundation members include BD (Becton Dickinson and Company), Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Caris Foundation,
GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Merck & Co., and QIAGEN. More information on the
partnership can be found at www.pinkribbonredribbon.org.
Susan G. Komen
Kiki Ryan, 972-855-4382
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