By Andrea Kirsten-Coleman Last week First Ladies from across Africa met in Washington DC at theInvesting in Our Future at the US-Africa Summit. The Summit focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships. A number of announcements were made that will allow Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to impact the health of countless numbers of women:
- President Bush announced the expansion of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to Ethiopia and Namibia.
- Thanks to generous commitments from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners GE HealthCare, GSK, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, American Cancer Society, and IAEA over $2.8 million in investments will help support cervical cancer screening in Namibia and Ethiopia.
- We’re proud to welcome the inaugural members of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Ambassadors— Bethlehem, Alemu, Founder and Managing Director, soleRebels of Ethiopia; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Chairman, Econet Wireless of Zimbabwe; Ambassador Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella, stateswoman from Tanzania and Isha Sesay, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN International, originally from Sierra Leone. The members of the group will use their personal platforms and networks to encourage social change, public support, and national policies to eliminate cervical cancer and reduce deaths from breast cancer. You can read more about these Ambassadors here.
- In addition we also unveiled a brand new Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon video that highlights the stories behind the work we do. Watch here.
- And we’ve gone social with the launch of our Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Twitter account. Follow us at @pinkredribbon.