Partner Profile: Jhpiego

Posted by On January 27, 2016
By Crystal Cazier Jhpiego LogoPink 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 Ribbon seeks to fill identified, high-priority gaps in national cancer control plans to strengthen service delivery, and then hands over activities supported by the partnership to the Government’s auspices to ensure the programs perpetuate. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon attributes its success to the robust partnerships built since its inception in 2011. Public- and private-sector organizations comprise the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, offering financial, technical and in-kind support. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works and aligns with National Governments to determine how the partnership can best reinforce the Government’s efforts to reduce deaths from cervical and breast cancer. Dedicated local and international non-government organizations working in Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon countries of engagement implement the agreed-upon activities, which cover the full continuum of cancer care from awareness-raising and prevention to palliative care. Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, is one of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s implementing partners working in Botswana, Tanzania, and Zambia. In each country, Jhpiego receives money from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) which is designated for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon activities. As a reflection of the flexibility of the partnership to respond to the needs and requests of individual governments, Jhpiego’s role in each country is tailored to the action plan agreed to for that country. While Jhpiego’s reach and mission extend far beyond Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, Jhpiego is a key partner working toward our shared goal to reduce deaths from cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa. Jhpiego’s partnership with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Zambia is to staff and operate three screen-and-treat clinics. In Tanzania, Jhpiego has used Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon funding to translate the national cervical cancer monitoring and evaluation tools into the local language, Kiswahili, incorporate cervical cancer into the training curriculum for community health workers and develop national cervical cancer quality assurance guidelines. Jhpiego is a key partner for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s work in the Region of Iringa, supporting the Iringa Regional Referral Hospital and the hospital’s satellite clinics, specifically with training of health workers and service provision for screen-and-treat activities. In Botswana, Jhpiego is the primary implementing partner for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon activities. While all Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon supported facilities in Botswana are Government-owned, under the umbrella of the partnership, Jhpiego is responsible for training healthcare workers in “see-and-treat” techniques using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), cryotherapy and loop excision electrosurgical procedure (LEEP). Jhpiego also procures the necessary equipment and supplies to ensure smooth running of the cervical cancer screening clinics and serves as a key technical advisor to the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program. Click here to read about Jhpiego’s remarkable work in Botswana. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon applauds the crucial role that its implementing partners have in the success of the program, and is proud to work with Jhpiego to provide the services necessary to prevent and treat cervical cancer.   Crystal is the Assistant for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.