Crystal Cazier is an Associate for Global Health and the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison for policy and programming between the Bush Institute and its independent affiliate, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a global partnership fighting women’s cancers. Crystal also supports the work of the Bush Institute’s First Ladies Initiative.
Before joining the Bush Institute, Crystal worked as a Clinical Research Associate at the Carle Cancer Center in Urbana, Illinois where she managed budgetary and contractual negotiations for both pharmaceutical and government-sponsored clinical trials.
Crystal received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
A Look Back at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in 2016
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is closing a momentous year of transition and growth. The partnership marked its fifth anniversary, began operating as an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the George W. Bush Institute, welcomed new leadership, established an office in Washington, D.C., and expanded its team of talented staff to advance Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s mission of fighting women’s cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In 2016, much was accomplished to save the lives of women and girls from breast and cervical cancer in countries where there is a particularly high burden of disease. With Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s partners and supporters, we celebrate: Finalizing plans for an investment of $3.5 million in financing from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support the transition of the Zambian cervical cancer program to the Ministry of Health by 2019; Opening 12 new sites to screen for an
7 Things to Know about PEPFAR on World AIDS Day
Today marks World AIDS Day: a day to honor those lost, celebrate the global progress made in the fight against AIDS, and commit to put an end to the disease. In 2003, at the signing ceremony for the legislation that enacted the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush said, “We believe in the value and dignity of every human life. In the face of preventable death and suffering, we have a moral duty to act, and we are acting.” Since then, PEPFAR has delivered life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 11.5 million people, and nearly 2 million babies have been born HIV-free with PEPFAR support. PEPFAR’s success contributes to a coordinated global effort to end AIDS. UNAIDS reports that since 2000, 18.2 million people have access to treatment for HIV, new infections of HIV have decreased by over 1 million infections, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 1.4 million. There is real hope for endin
Series on Health, Equity, and Women’s Cancers Published in The Lancet Draws Global Attention to Cervical and Breast Cancer
Cervical and breast cancers are the common-most cancers among women living in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) but remain severely under-resourced, under-researched and their effects under-publicized. A series of papers published this week in The Lancet, and released at the UICC World Cancer Congress in Paris, France, draws attention to the global burden of breast and cervical cancer, giving stark focus to the burden of these diseases in LMICs. The authors estimate that if efforts are not amplified, the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide could nearly double per year to 3.2 million new cases per year in 2030. That’s compared with 1.7 million new cases in 2012, and the number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer per year could increase by 32 percent, from 530,000 new cases per year in 2012, to 700,000 per year in 2030 if incidence rates do not change. While evidence shows that prevention, screening and treatment services, coupled w
On the 5th Anniversary of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, A Look Back at How it All Began
This fall marks the 5th anniversary of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a partnership that leads coordinated action to save women’s lives from cancer. The organization has made great strides in fighting women’s cancers, working to provide prevention, screening and treatment services to women in Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Namibia. But what is now a global partnership was once just a simple idea. While traveling in Tanzania with President Bush in 2008, founder of Susan G. Komen® Ambassador Nancy Brinker wondered aloud if there could be an initiative similar to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to provide a response to breast cancer. After their time in the White House, President and Mrs. Bush explored possible global health efforts that would appropriately leverage the impact of PEPFAR. PEPFAR was effectively addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but women were surviving HIV only to die of cervical cancer. To intervene and
How the First Lady of Ethiopia is Affecting the Course of Cancer in Her Country
Mrs. Roman has built a robust coalition to address cancer in Ethiopia, and her spotlight on the threat of this disease to the health of women and girls is paying off.