The has announced a $3.6 million grant from the in support of efforts to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries.
The grant will enable the , the , and the , in partnership with the initiative, to improve the monitoring and evaluation of cervical cancer screening and treatment programs. The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative leverages the , created under President George W. Bush in 2003, to increase access to human papillomavirus vaccinations, cervical cancer screenings and treatment, and cancer education in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
The two-year grant from the Gates Foundation will enable Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to conduct baseline situational assessments of cervical cancer rates in target countries and develop recommendations for improved monitoring of the disease, while advancing the development of global standards, tools, and guidance for cervical cancer surveillance and information systems. The disease, which is both preventable and treatable, is the most common cause of cancer deaths among women in sub-Saharan Africa and the second-most common cause of death from cancer for women worldwide.
"More than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries," said CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "We can improve programs to screen and treat women, better understand what works to prevent cervical cancer, and save lives."