January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by On January 28, 2016

By Guest Blogger, Meg Bertram, MPH Cervical cancer, the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, is the leading cause of cancer mortality among women aged 15-44, in the Republic of Botswana. In 2012, the incidence of cervical cancer in Botswana was 29.0 cases of every 100,000 women, with a mortality rate of 23.1 of every 100,000 women. […]


Partner Profile: Jhpiego

Posted by On January 27, 2016

By Crystal Cazier Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s model is built on the premise that public-private partnerships are one of the most effective strategies to address cervical and breast cancer in the developing world, and support comprehensive, sustainable national cancer control programs in sub-Saharan African and Latin American countries. At the Government’s direction, Pink Ribbon Red […]


Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Doubles Number of Women Screened for Cervical Cancer in 2015, Reaching Over 200,000 Women

Posted by On January 8, 2016

By Crystal Cazier One year ago, in January 2015, we celebrated 100,000 women screened for cervical cancer by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners in Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia since the inception of the partnership in late 2011. This year, we are ecstatic that partners in these countries have ramped-up efforts and doubled the number of […]


The Year in Review for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon

Posted by On December 22, 2015

By Crystal Cazier   Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has worked throughout 2015 to continue to provide access to education, prevention, screening and treatment services for cervical and breast cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. Our partners have screened nearly 200,000 women for cervical pre-cancer, and over 6,000 for breast cancer in Botswana, Tanzania and Zambia. Implementation of […]


Official Launch of the Ethiopian National Cancer Control Plan

Posted by On December 17, 2015

By Crystal Cazier On October 26, 2015, the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, and the Federal Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, launched Ethiopia’s first National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP). The event was well-attended by government officials, partners and other stakeholders. The development and […]


Partnering for Hope: Zaina’s Story

Posted by On December 9, 2015

By Crystal Cazier On this 54th anniversary of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Independence, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon celebrates the progress of the nation to reduce deaths from cervical cancer through a tripartite partnership between Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, the Vodacom Foundation, and T-MARC Tanzania. Scared and uncertain after a diagnosis of cervical cancer, Zaina […]


Building on Success: The Partnership between Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and PEPFAR

Posted by On December 1, 2015

By Crystal Cazier To commemorate World AIDS Day 2015, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon spotlights its integral partnership with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). On January 28, 2003, in his second State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush stood before United States Congress, the American people, and the world, to […]


Botswana’s Journey from Demonstration to Nationwide Scale-up of HPV Vaccination

Posted by On November 6, 2015

Summary by Toun Olateju, MD, MPH Vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection which causes more than 70 percent of cervical cancer, is the primary preventative measure for cervical cancer, especially when administered before the debut of sexual activity. As recommended by the World Health Organization, the vaccine is most effective when […]


Zambia’s Cervical Cancer Prevention Program: Report and Evaluation

Posted by On November 4, 2015

Summary by Erica Asante, MPH Earlier this year, a study titled, “Population-Level Scale-Up of Cervical Cancer Prevention Services in a Low-Resource Setting: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia” was published in the PLOS ONE online journal. The Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia (CCPPZ), which began in 2006, represents […]


Political Will Backs the Fight against Cervical Cancer in Botswana

Posted by On October 9, 2015

By Toun Olateju, MD, MPH Securing political will at the highest levels of national government is critical to success, accountability, ownership and sustainability of global health programs in partner countries. In September 2015, the Honorable Minister of Health of Botswana, Dorcas Magkato, demonstrated Botswana’s political will at the national launch of the “see-and-treat” approach for […]