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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 serves as Program Manager for the Global Health Initiative and for Evaluation and Research at the George W. Bush Institute. In this role, she helps coordinate the Bush Institute’s involvement in The Partnership to End AIDS and Cervical Cancer, a collaboration of the Bush Institute, PEPFAR, and UNAIDS that works with eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa to prioritize HIV-positive women in national cervical cancer prevention and control programs. She also serves on the research and evaluation team which supports programming across the Bush Institute.
Before joining the Bush Institute, Crystal worked as a Clinical Research Associate at 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
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.
How to avoid future threats of rescission: follow the principles of PEPFAR
To maintain support and realize the benefits of foreign aid, those who manage federally-funded international programs should follow principles that guarantee the best return on investment for American taxpayer dollars. PEPFAR is one program that embodies these principles.