The Bush Institute’s global health initiative is built on the belief that every life is precious and focuses on saving lives in the developing world.

The initiative spotlights critical issues, brings organizations, businesses, and government agencies together, and works to make existing health systems function efficiently.

The Institute’s flagship global health program is Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership to save women from cervical and breast cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.  Cervical and breast cancer are the two leading causes of cancer death among women.

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works with PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) to screen women for cervical cancer, because women who have HIV are four to five times more likely to contract cervical cancer.

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Before the afternoon of September 19, 2015, our team had only read about Joyce in the 2013 Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Annual Report.

Marking a new chapter for the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, President Bush announced at the 2015 Global Women's Network that Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is now an autonomous, non-profit organization that will have greater flexibility to expand, to make grants, and to raise funds around the world. President Bush described the change this way: “Although the structure of the organization will change, its mission will not. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will continue leading coordinated action with partners around the world to save women’s lives from cancer, so that they can support their families and strengthen their communities.”