At Susan G. Komen®, we believe that where a woman lives shouldn’t determine if she lives. So Komen is fighting breast cancer in countries across the globe to reduce breast cancer mortality worldwide.
Here are two examples of Komen global collaborations:
Africa: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Breast and cervical cancers take a particularly devastating toll on women in developing countries. In fact, they’re the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in sub-Saharan Africa. Komen is partnering with numerous U.S. and African organizations and working to put an end to these cancer deaths.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) was cofounded in September 2011 by Susan G. Komen®, the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. Presidents’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
PRRR aims to cost-effectively integrate cervical and breast cancer services into existing health service delivery platforms, beginning by leveraging the PEPFAR infrastructure for HIV/AIDS. Programs are active in Zambia and Tanzania.
Susan G. Komen’s/PRRR’S overarching global objective is to save the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer by down-staging the disease at diagnosis and facilitating access to timely treatment. Early stage diagnosis of breast cancer is associated with significantly improved treatment outcomes.
Latin America: Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer deaths in women of Latin America. Several countries exhibit some of the highest mortality rates in the world. Komen works with the Ministries of Health and local organizations in Latin America to help improve awareness of breast cancer and break down barriers to help women access breast health care.
In Latin America, Susan G. Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to improve detection of breast cancer and save lives by increasing awareness, strengthening services, and removing barriers to accessing early screening, treatment and cancer care in program communities.
The project initiated in 2011 as two-year collaboration with the Caterpillar Foundation and received additional partnership funding resulting in a three-year extension for activities to continue through 2016. Programs are active in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru.