Tuesday, August 12, 2014

President Bush Names Bethlehem Alemu Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Ambassador

(August 6, 2014, (WASHINGTON, D.C.))--President George W. Bush today announced the launch of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Ethiopia and Namibia, and introduced the first group of Ambassadors for the public-private partnership.

Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (left), President George W. Bush greets Ethiopian First Lady Roman Tesfaye at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C. on Wed., August 6th, 2014. (Photos: U.S. Embassy)
President Bush and the First Ladies from the two countries made the announcements at the Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, in Washington, D.C., attended by First Spouses from across Africa, an event to complement President Obama’s hosting of heads of state and government from the continent.

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is a global health partnership founded by the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen®, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

The partnership— which has helped screen over 100,000 women for cervical cancer in Botswana, Tanzania, and Zambia in the last three years— will build on existing healthcare programs in Ethiopia and Namibia to add interventions to prevent, screen for, and treat cervical cancer.

The disease continues to be the number-one cancer killer of women in sub-Saharan Africa, exacerbated by its connection with HIV. HIV-positive women are four-to-five times more likely to contract cervical cancer than their HIV-negative peers.  In Ethiopia, cervical cancer is the most-common female cancer, while in Namibia it is the second most common. Support for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s expansion comes in the form of financial commitments, in-kind donations or assistance, or both. Read more from Pink Ribbon Red »

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