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World AIDS Day 2014: Closing the Gap on HIV-Vulnerable Women and Cervical Cancer
Doyin Oluwole, Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon at the Bush Institute, writes today for the Huffington Post blog on World AIDS Day 2014 and the connection between HIV-vulnerable women and cervical cancer. As she explains, women infected with HIV are four-to-five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than their HIV-negative peers because HIV weakens the immune system and reduces the ability to fight infection. The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program, built on the PEPFAR platform, adds cervical cancer screening and treatment programs to facilities that already screen for HIV currently in five African countries.
“From an economic standpoint, investing in HIV and related diseases like cervical cancer continues to be a high-yield investment, with multiplier effects on productivity, efficiency and inclusive growth for Africa. These investments send a clear message that the economic participation of women is fundamental to Africa's future success. From an individual standpoint, it ensures the future generations … spend their lives surrounded by mothers, aunts and sisters,” writes Oluwole.
Read more at Huffington Post.
Jabulile “Jabu” Sithole lives positively with HIV and has survived cervical cancer. Every day she fights for the health of her community and country, but cervical cancer still affects her family.
Two-Minute Take: World AIDS Day 2019
In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, Bush Institute's Manager of Global Health Crystal Cazier reflects on the progress we've made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and on what we have left to accomplish.
Time to ACT - Implementing strategies for breast cancer control in Africa
Crystal Cazier speaks to Dr. Anne Rositch of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health about a research study she's leading to implement strategies for breast cancer control in Africa.
Cervical cancer survivor Lydia Musonda shares her story at Concordia Summit
Lydia, a 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two from Zambia, is a beneficiary of PEPFAR and Go Further programming. She shared her story with Global Health Program Manager Crystal Cazier and PEPFAR’s Senior Advisor for HIV Prevention and Maternal Health Jenny Albertini before joining Executive Director Holly Kuzmich, Amb. Deborah Birx, and others for a panel discussion on ‘Healthy People, Healthy Economies’ at the Concordia Annual Summit.