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CSIS Report Features Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon as an Innovative Public-Private Partnership

Posted by On February 27, 2013
This week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center released a new report and video series, “Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term.” Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) is featured multiple times in the report, not only as an innovative public-private partnership supported by the U.S. Government, but also as an example of efforts to ensure a more sustainable and country-owned response to women’s and girls’ health issues around the world. In the chapter, “U.S. Priorities for Women’s Global Health”,  author Janet Fleishman outlines four priority policy recommendations to the Obama administration to achieve successful outcomes in global women’s health:
  1. Sustain high-level U.S. leadership on women’s health and gender equality
  2. Implement for results; translate U.S. policies to program implementation.
  3. Monitor and evaluate progress in addressing women’s health and gender equality.
  4. Build partnerships to leverage existing funds for sustainability
Fleishman highlights PRRR as part of her fourth recommendation – build partnerships to leverage existing funds for sustainability – for leveraging existing PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) platforms for HIV/AIDS services to expand cervical and breast cancer prevention, screening and treatment for women in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Fleishman adds, “A guiding presumption was that by working with NGOs, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and the private sector, the United States can achieve foreign policy goals more effectively than it can alone.” Over the past decade, U.S. policymakers have increasingly recognized that advancing women’s global health is among the most pressing challenges of our time.  In her video summary of the chapter on global women’s health, Fleishman quotes Secretary Clinton as she describes the growing body of evidence demonstrating that investments focusing primarily on women and girls are not only the “right thing to do, but the smart thing to do.” Fleischmann again cites PRRR when referencing the recent importance placed on public-private partnerships that promote sustainability and country ownership around women’s and girls’ health issues,.  In addition, the launch of PRRR by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President George W. Bush is noted in an appendix on a timeline of key development on women’s global health issues under the Obama administration. Doyin Oluwole, PRRR Executive Director, was a member of the CSIS Gender and Women’s Health Task force that contributed to and developed the report. Kristie Mikus, PEPFAR Coordinator for Zambia, and one of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s points of contact in-country will be speaking on PRRR in Zambia at the launch of the report on March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. The report analyzes seven aspects of a “widening” global health agenda: malaria, polio eradication, women’s health, health security, health diplomacy, and multilateral partners, and can be found here. Doyin Oluwole, MD, FRCP, is the founding Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, based at the George W. Bush Institute.