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Today marks World Health Day, an annual recognition of the founding of the World Health Organization and an opportunity to draw attention to important health issues facing the world each year.
Cervical and breast cancer are now the most common cancers in women around the world. The Bush 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. Women living with HIV are four-to-five-times more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer, and while cervical cancer is preventable and treatable, it is still the number-one cancer killer of women in sub-Saharan Africa.
On this World Health Day, take a look at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon by the numbers. It’s a reminder of the impact just one partnership can have and the work that still must be done.
The number of countries where Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is working to reduce the incidences of cervical and breast cancer – Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Namibia.
The number of women screened for cervical cancer in Zambia since 2012.
The number of women screened for cervical cancer in Botswana since July 2012.
The number of women screened for cervical cancer in Tanzania since July 2013.
The number of women screened for breast cancer in Tanzania since March 2014.
The number of provinces in Zambia where Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon-supported cervical cancer clinics are present. This accounts for all provinces in the country.
The number of health staff trained in the cervical cancer screening methods of VIA (Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid) and Cryotherapy in Tanzania.
Tackling TB and HIV in Women
On World TB Day, we must commit to addressing the dual burden of tuberculosis and HIV affecting hundreds of thousands of women around the world.
A roadmap to fight cervical cancer
The Bush Institute, in partnership with the CDC Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, recently launched a new toolkit to guide countries in the collection and use of cervical cancer data and to enhance the quality, coverage, and scale of interventions against the disease.
Two-Minute Take: World Cancer Day
February 4 is World Cancer Day, an international day to raise awareness about cancer and encourage individual and collective action. At the Bush Institute, we are focused on ensuring that women who are living with HIV do not succumb to cervical cancer.