This is a story about women.

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…women in the developing world who are dying from cervical cancer and breast cancer.

These cancers threaten the lives of women everywhere. They take a particularly devastating toll on women in low- and middle-income countries, and they are the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in sub-Saharan Africa.

But we're working together to put an end to these deaths.

Introducing Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.

We're a partnership of public and private organizations with a shared goal of reducing deaths from cervical cancer and breast cancer in developing nations.

The idea for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon stemmed from a 2008 trip by President and Mrs. Bush and his then-U.S. chief of protocol, Nancy Brinker, to a PEPFAR clinic in Tanzania. Seeing the success of the clinic and how simple it would be to extend that work even further, the idea of adding cancer education and screening was set in motion. It was a natural pairing of vital missions: In fighting one disease from a platform built to treat another, more lives can be saved.

Our approach is unique.

By building upon existing health platforms, infrastructure and resources, we're able to bring cervical cancer prevention, screenings and treatment, breast cancer education, and access to HPV vaccinations to women like never before.

It's sustainable. It's cost-effective. And it's working.

We're on the ground, and we're seeing results.

Through our work at the Ngungu Health Center in Zambia, more than 1,500 women were screened for cervical cancer and breast cancer in a matter of months.

July 2012

President and Mrs. Bush refurbish the Ngungu Health Center.

After 6 Weeks

More than 500 women screened for breast and cervical cancer.

  • 60 women treated for precancerous lesions
  • 100 women with more advanced lesions referred for care at hospitals

End of 2012

1,500 women screened.

  • 1 in 4 women had cervical precancerous or cancerous lesions.

Now

The clinic is one of the most active in Zambia.

  • Its new services have been promoted only through word-of-mouth: in hair salons and at churches, and from woman-to-woman.

Our partners are committed to the cause.

“It is heart-wrenching to save a woman from AIDS only to watch her die from cervical cancer, which is more prevalent in women with HIV.”

—President George W. Bush,
July 22, 2012

“As a PRRR founding partner, the UNAIDS Secretariat, through the Joint Programme, will advocate and facilitate dialogue and re-direct concerted efforts of government, civil society, particularly WLHIV (women living with HIV) and other partners, to support an integrated approach to HIV and cervical cancer prevention and control within a sexual and reproductive health package.”

—Michel Sidibé,
Executive Director, UNAIDS,
July 25, 2012

“…as President Bush said, what can we do that we actually can measure and point to outcomes that change and save lives? I think this partnership helps to answer that question. Because without a doubt, one of the most powerful and effective ways of saving lives is by improving women's and particularly mothers' health.”

—Hillary Rodham Clinton,
U.S. Secretary of State,
September 13, 2011

“There is a coming cancer tsunami in low-resource countries. Through innovative thinking, and partnerships, we can together provide the screening, education and treatment services that will save hundreds of thousands of lives.”

—Ambassador Nancy Brinker,
Founder and CEO, Susan G. Komen,
August 29, 2012

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