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U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

Mrs. Bush and Susan G. Komen for Cure Founder Nancy Brinker and other reps at Mission Conference, Washington, DC. White House photo by Shealah CraigheadMrs. Laura Bush addresses an audience at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s 2006 Mission Conference on June 12 in Washington, DC. White House photo by Shealah Craighead The U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research— facilitated by the Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and the Middle East Partnership Initiative—is uniting experts from the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the fight against breast cancer. 
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Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related death for women worldwide, and an estimated 4.4 million women are alive today in whom breast cancer was diagnosed within the last 15 years. Recognizing that the global challenge of breast cancer is beyond the capacity of any one partner or sector to address, this unique partnership – the first initiative for breast cancer awareness and research between the United States and the Middle East – is pairing the medical expertise of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, with the unparalleled grassroots awareness-raising and educational resources of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Together, these partners are building capacity in the region by working to develop awareness and advocacy campaigns; increasing research, training and community-outreach efforts; and helping women in countries throughout the Middle East build the knowledge and confidence they need to be in charge of their own health. From workplace awareness and corporate responsibility programs to community needs assessments and bilateral medical exchanges, the activities adapt and apply proven awareness and medical models to develop long-term sustainability and programs that can be used throughout the Middle East. These activities will help increase breast health literacy and the availability of breast screenings, thereby advancing the partnership’s goal of eradicating breast cancer.

Partnership Launch

First Lady Laura Bush announced the launch of the partnership during the Komen Mission Conference on June 12, 2006, in Washington, DC. Delegates from the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia were invited to participate in the three-day Under Secretary Hughes following the launch of the U.S. - Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research on October 31, 2006.  State Department photo.conference, discussing their roles in disease research, prevention, treatment, and awareness. 

“ By confronting the challenge of breast cancer together, this partnership— which represents the very best kind of public diplomacy—will also help build lasting friendships between our countries. Most important, this partnership will help women throughout the Middle East find hope in a life free from breast cancer.”

             -- First Lady Laura Bush, remarks at the 2006 Komen Mission Conference

The partnership was formally launched in the United Arab Emirates on October 31, 2006 [video], and in Jordan on March 24, 2007. Plans are currently underway to launch the initiative in Saudi Arabia in fall 2007.

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