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First Lady Commits to Advocate for improved cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment in Tanzania

Posted by On November 18, 2013
First Lady Commits to advocate for improved cervical and breast cancer screening and treatment in Tanzania In July 2013, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and President George W. Bush launched Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Tanzania. Tanzania joins Botswana and Zambia as the third country of the initative’s engagement. July 2, 2013: President Kikwete and First Lady Kikwete with President  George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the launching of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Tanzania
July 2, 2013: President Kikwete and First Lady Kikwete with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush at the launching of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Tanzania
      At the launch, several Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners made major commitments to support Tanzania:
  • $3 million over five years, including sixteen cryotherapy machines, from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR);
  • $1.4 million over three years from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation;
  •  $100,000.00 for Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia over three years from United Nations Joint Programme on HIV-AIDS;
  • Two cryotherapy and two LEEP machines from Merck;
  • Support for breast cancer programming from Susan G. Komen.
Last week, a team of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners including PEPFAR, Susan G. Komen, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, MediSend Biomedicals and the Secretariat leadership returned to Tanzania for a planning mission. The planning involved the Office of the First Lady of Tanzania, Her Excellency Mama Salma Kikwete, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,  in-country partners and representatives of community, district and regional organizations with interest in cervical and breast cancers. The team was received by the First Lady who made a passionate commitment to be the spokesperson for the women of Tanzania and advocate for increased uptake of services for improved survival. TAN1         The week ended with a proposal for the way forward for the PEPFAR $3 million to strengthen three regional referral hubs in Mbeya, Iringa and Mwanza; and another for the Bristol-Myers Squibb community-based interventions in the same regions. November 5, 2013: Her Excellency, Mama Salma Kikwete receiving from  Doyin Oluwole, the PRRR lapel pin and 2012 Annual Report
November 5, 2013: Her Excellency, Mama Salma Kikwete receiving from Doyin Oluwole, the PRRR lapel pin and 2012 Annual Report