Partnerships, Additional Funding Allow For Expansion Of PEPFAR To Combat Cervical Cancer

In this post in the Public Health Institute’s “Dialogue4Health” blog, Jeffrey Meer, director of PHI’s Washington-based advocacy on global health, writes that “a significant expansion of [PEPFAR’s] existing work to combat cervical cancer” through a partnership with the George W. Bush Institute known as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR); a 50 percent increase in the U.S. government’s “commitment to screen and treat for this type of cancer from $20 million over five years to $30 million”; and additional funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure “to expand breast cancer awareness and prevention among the same target population of women receiving care at PEPFAR-funded HIV service sites” has allowed “the wonderfully robust PEPFAR prevention and treatment platform, considered one of the great global health achievements in recent times, [to be] made available to a whole new type of prevention — in this case for [a non-communicable disease (NCD)]” (11/21).