Since its inception in 2011 as a collaborative effort among the George W. Bush Institute, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Susan G. Komen, and the United States government, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has harnessed the knowledge and techniques refined in previous efforts to combat AIDS in southern Africa to help reduce breast and cervical cancer deaths in the region.
Over one recent three-year period alone, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon was able to assist some 100,000 women living in Zambia, Botswana, and Tanzania to obtain early detection screenings for cervical cancer.
Through a series of nimble and creative partnerships, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has demonstrated its capacity to respond to the vast need for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cervical cancer.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s executive director recently spoke in Vienna to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) panel focused on improving women’s ability to access appropriate radiation-based cancer diagnostic and treatment programs in the developing world. The IAEA, known as a nuclear proliferation watchdog organization, has also long maintained its “Atoms for Development” program of assistance to countries in need of developing effective radiotherapy facilities. The agency oversees the safety testing of radiotherapy equipment and trains medical staff and diagnostic support personnel.
The IAEA’s partnership with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is facilitating greater access to such equipment and medical skill in Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, and Ethiopia. The recently signed agreement between the two organizations is designed to benefit women through increased international collaboration.