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 and treat cervical pre-cancer in Botswana;
- Adding 14 sites in three new regions in Tanzania, which brings the total number of hospitals and clinics we support in the country to 58 across nine different regions;
- Completing the first round of vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) among adolescent girls in Ethiopia;
- Finishing plans for a program in Mozambique, and securing $1 million in PEPFAR funding for cervical cancer activities there;
- Signing a partnership agreement with the Peruvian Ministry of Health to assist with the prevention, detection and treatment of cervical cancer beginning in 2017;
- Conducting an international design competition to develop two “Hostels for Hope” in Tanzania that will provide accommodations for women who are undergoing cancer treatment at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam and Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza; and
- Holding our first Capitol Hill Day, during which 14 representatives from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and its partner organizations visited 22 Congressional offices to educate policy-makers about the impact of breast and cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
Since 2011, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and its partners have vaccinated 119,192 girls against the human papillomavirus, screened 341,863 women for cervical cancer, treated 24,478 women for cervical cancer, and screened nearly 18,000 women for breast cancer.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has made impactful progress in 2016, and looks forward to 2017 with enthusiasm.
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.Full Bio
Building on America’s Leadership in Global Health
The new administration should stay the course as a strong leader in global health. This is a bipartisan effort, as both sides of the aisle have agreed on the importance of health care investments through successive Congresses and administrations, reflecting the priorities of the American people.
The Year Ahead for the Bush Center
In this Bush Institute interview, Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, presents his goals for the Bush Center in 2017.
The Year in Review: The Bush Institute's Global Impact
The George W. Bush Institute marched forward in 2016 toward its goals of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today's most pressing challenges. The year also saw Kenneth Hersh become president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as his predecessor, Margaret Spellings, departed to head the University of North Carolina System. As we look back over 2016, here are five top moments from the Bush Institute's Global Leadership Impact Center, which houses the Human Freedom Initiative, the Women's Initiative, and our global health initiative through our affiliate Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. Bush Institute Releases We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope Book The book launched with an event at the Bush Center featuring a poignant conversation between Mrs. Bush and Razia Jan, who is featured in the book, moderated by Greta Van Susteren. Mrs. Bush promoted the book with a media tour throughout March, including interviews with the TODAY show and Glamour&