This week government officials, health experts, civil-society representatives, scientists, policy-makers and advocates have convened in Durban, South Africa for the 21st International AIDS Conference. They are celebrating advances in the struggle against HIV/AIDS and joining forces to take action needed to achieve an AIDS-free generation by the year 2030. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is proud to count among our founders two of the leading global organizations whose work to end AIDS is on prominent display in Durban: the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is built on the PEPFAR platform, and we focus on integrating screening and treatment for women’s cancers with HIV screening programs (and vice versa), which strengthens the delivery of health care by allowing patients to receive more life-saving services in one clinic visit. The UNAIDS Fast-Track Commitments to End AIDS by 2030 recognize this important link, especially in the tenth commitment to take “AIDS out of isolation through people-centered systems to improve universal health coverage, including treatment for tuberculosis, cervical cancer and hepatitis B and C.”
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon supports this goal by working to bundle prevention, early detection and treatment for cervical cancer as part of the standard package of care every woman should receive. Our partners continue to integrate services for women’s cancers with other healthcare sectors, including HIV/AIDS care and reproductive and maternal health. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon shares the commitment of the delegates in Durban to end HIV/AIDS, strengthen healthcare systems and protect the health of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.