Five Quotes from Secretary Margaret Spellings at the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Ethiopia Launch 2015

Posted by On February 11, 2015
By Ella Strain Today Secretary Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, together with Her Excellency Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and His Excellency Dr. Keseteberhan Admasu, Ethiopia’s Minister of Health, launched Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s work in Ethiopia. Below are key quotes from the event that highlight why Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon will help implement programs in Ethiopia to fight cervical and breast cancer.   On women’s influence in Ethiopia: “Women are at the forefront of change in this country. And we know that’s a key to success. Societies cannot thrive without the strong involvement of women.”   EthiopiaQuotesFinal On the burden of cervical and breast cancer in Ethiopia: “We at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon are especially grateful that you are placing a focus on cervical and breast cancer. We know that women with HIV infection are four-to-five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than those who are HIV-negative. And, breast cancer is the number-one cancer among women in Ethiopia, and its impact appears to be rising.” On the Ethiopian Government’s prioritization of cervical and breast cancer: “We are so proud that the Government here is prioritizing women’s health, and specifically women’s cancer care. A decade ago, cancer was not even among the top ten health priorities in this country. Today, because of the political, financial, and human resources that you have invested in the disease, it is one of your top three priorities.” On reaping a return on investment (ROI): “By investing in preventing cervical cancer, you will reap a return on your investment in HIV, because women can survive a diagnosis of HIV through anti-retroviral treatment and not succumb to avoidable cervical cancer.” On how healthy women contribute to a strong nation: “We know that improving the lives of women provides the fastest way to growing a nation’s economy, raising living standards, and promoting peace. When a woman has a renewed chance at life, her family, community, and country receive hope for the future.” Ella Strain is The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Spring 2015 Intern.