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Interview with Zambian delegate to International AIDS Society about Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon

August 6, 2012 3 minute Read by Eric G. Bing

At the recent International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, I had a chance to speak with Mrs. Dorothy Chikampa from Zambia about the potential impact of work of President and Mrs. Bush on the lives of African women through Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.  A cornerstone of the program is the simple diagnosis and treatment for precancerous cervical lesions using visual inspection with dilute acetic acid (simple household vinegar) and cryotherapy.  Mrs. Chikampa knows how simple the procedure is and its potential impact, for she is a former patient in the cervical cancer screening program.  In addition to her admiration for the lifesaving program, she expresses appreciation to the American people and the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners. She offers special appreciation to President and Mrs. Bush for renovating a clinic in rural Zambia.  As a young girl, Mrs. Chikampa received basic health care in the clinic renovated by President and Mrs. Bush that the Zambian Ministry of Health, with support from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, has transformed into the newest cervical cancer screening clinic.Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® is an innovative partnership to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat cervical and breast cancer – two of the leading causes of cancer death in women - in developing nations. Led by the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is expanding availability of vital cervical cancer screening and treatment—especially for high-risk HIV-positive women – and also promoting breast cancer education. In addition, renovating the Zambian clinic, President and Mrs. Bush also recently helped launch the African Center of Excellence for Women’s Cancer in and launched Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Botswana.  To see more about President and Mrs. Bush’s recent trip to Africa, click here.

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