Over 2 years blood, sweat and tears have brought us to this exciting day in Beijing where HIV and breast cancer movements have united to advocate for strengthened screening, treatment and support services in China.
The All China Women Federation launches today The Pink Alliance – a new Chinese public private initiative to scale up community-led breast cancer early detection, support and access to treatment. The Pink Alliance is the result of two years of program development and piloting by V-Med, the implementation agency of AIDS Care China and Pangaea, with funding and technical assistance from Susan G. Komen. Over a decade of expertise from China's HIV community mobilization has been the foundation of our strategy that mobilizes and empowers networks of breast cancer survivors to strengthen early detection and treatment through advocacy, peer support, linkage to health services and workplace-based education.
ACWF Vice President Zhen Yan said "Using ACWF's unrivaled network of national' women's affiliates, the Pink Alliance has already provided for over 6500 women to receive education awareness and information about access to early detection services in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou and Zhongshan."
Judy Salerno, CEO of Susan G. Komen, added, "Like ACWF, we believe that all women can live healthy and productive lives – free from the threat of breast cancer – when they can have ready access to breast cancer screening, and that the outcomes for women with breast cancer are improved significantly when they can have access to the best treatment, but also access to the support networks of other breast cancer survivors. "
V-Med Women’s Health Director, Tina Lyo said, “ As a woman who has benefited personally from early detection, I passionately believe that all women, regardless of where they live, must have access to regular breast cancer screening and supportive treatment services.
Thomas Cai, V-Med's CEO, Pangaea adviser and founder of ACC added, " Solidarity with HIV shows unquestionably that health services must be rooted in the communities they serve to be most effective and sustainable. Furthermore, both people living with HIV and breast cancer can face terrible stigma and discrimination which have to be faced directly."