A global organization powered by partnerships, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon saves lives from cancer in countries where the need is greatest.
Through greater access to prevention and treatment of women’s cancers, healthy women strengthen families, communities and nations, driving global economic growth and prosperity.
Why pink and red?
The global health community has made significant progress in reducing the number of deaths from infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS in Africa. But this work is not complete. Women with HIV are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop cervical cancer than those who are HIV negative. The result is women are now surviving HIV, but are at much greater risk of dying of preventable and treatable cancers.
Cervical and breast cancers account for approximately 75,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa each year, and are a leading cause of death among women in developing countries who do not have access to proper medical care.
No woman should survive an HIV diagnosis only to die of a treatable, preventable cancer.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is dedicated to helping women access preventive care and treatment for cervical and breast cancers where the need is greatest.
We build on the success and lessons of the U.S. Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the ongoing commitment of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush to reach communities where women are suffering from cancer. Since our inception in 2011, we have screened nearly 200,000 women for cervical cancer and over 6,000 women for breast cancer and vaccinated over 42,000 girls against HPV.
By partnering with governments, NGOs and key leadership to develop locally owned, sustainable systems that allow women to get the care they need, we help ensure that more women don’t just survive cancer, but also have the opportunity to thrive. This model is one important solution to address the next frontier in global health challenges: non-communicable diseases.