An Africa Initiative was launched within GAP in 2012 with the purpose of exploring opportunities for collaborations in Africa for advancing our understanding of cancer and improving cancer care in the region. A multi-disciplinary “Africa Committee” of faculty champions provides guidance and plans activities focused on training and education of African healthcare professionals.
MD Anderson has joined hands with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a partnership focused on women’s cancers in low and middle income countries, with the initial focus on cervical and breast cancers in Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
In 2013, MD Anderson established a partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to bring the expertise of GAP’s sister institutions network to African nations in a joint effort to expedite the training and education for cancer care. The sister institutions, all premier cancer programs in their geographic regions, offer unique opportunities through their diversity in language, culture, socio-economics and demographics thereby strengthening the effort in an equally diverse Africa.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is generously supporting MD Anderson in its Africa Initiative.