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Global Initiatives

Susan G. Komen® unites the world's boldest community of breast cancer survivors and activists to make the biggest impact against breast cancer. Recognizing the growing global impact of breast cancer, the shared challenges among countries worldwide, and the value of coordinated advocacy in the battle against this disease, Susan G. Komen began exploring outreach outside the U.S. in 1999. Since then, Komen has pursued its mission globally through the following venues:


International Affiliates of Susan G. Komen® currently operate in Italy, Germany and Puerto Rico. Thanks to the millions of women and men who have joined Komen's global breast cancer movement, Komen is the world's largest source of nonprofit funds for breast cancer.


In addition to funding research and outreach projects domestically, Komen has awarded more than $27 million for international breast cancer research grants and more than $17.5 million for international community education and outreach grants.

Global Women's Cancer Summit

February 4th, 2013 , World Cancer Day, Susan G. Komen hosted the Global Women's Cancer Summit, sponsored by GE, which brought together key thought leaders to discuss guidelines and data and explore innovation and best practices in research, science and program implementation of global breast cancer care, treatment and prevention.  Over 300 participants from several countries represented governments, Komen global partners, the private sector, civil society, women's organizations, other cancer organizations, key NGOs, philanthropic organizations and donors.  The Global Strategy was presented and launched by British Robinson and Ambassador Nancy Brinker announced the "2.5 by 2025 Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Breast Cancer," an effort to significantly downstage and reduce the burden of breast cancer for 2.5 million women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by 2025.  One of the main purposes of the Summit was to create a collaborative global movement around women's cancers and to develop alliances, solicit technical assistance from organizations and leverage core competencies of all participants to reach the goals of down shifting breast cancer and virtually eliminating cervical cancer, worldwide.  The International Team will spend the next several weeks following up and solidifying opportunities from the Summit along with other Komen departments.

Global Women's Cancer Summit Highlights:

Opening Remarks

  1. Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, Founder and CEO Susan G. Komen® 
  2. Sue Siegel, CEO, healthymagination, GE 

Leadership and Mobilization Track:

  1. David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Carlyle Group 
  2. Keynote: The Honorable Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda 
  3. Professor Peter Boyle, Ph.D., President, International Prevention Research Institute  
  4. Professor Marleen Temmerman, Ob/Gyn, M.P.H., Ph.D., Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization  
  5. Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chair and Director, Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine, University of Washington 

Leadership and Mobilization Track Panel Discussion:

  1. Country and Government Responses to Breast and Cervical Cancer 

Innovation, Science/Research & Technology Track:

  1. Keynote: Ronald J. Garan, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, RET.), NASA Astronaut 
  2. Tom Gentile, President and CEO, GE Healthcare Systems  

Innovation, Science/Research & Technology Track Panel Discussion - I :

  1. Critical Issues Lessons Learned Best Practices 

Lunch Keynote:

Special Guest, Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States

Innovation, Science/Research & Technology Track Panel Discussion - II:

  1. Implementation of Breast Health Global Initiative Guidelines 

Program Implementation Track:

  1. Keynote: Julie L. Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., President, Merck Vaccines  

Program Implementation Track Panel Discussion:

  1. Streamlining Implementation  


Breast Health Global Initiative strives to develop, implement and study evidence-based, economically feasible, and culturally appropriate "Guidelines for International Breast Health and Cancer Control" for underdeveloped nations to improve breast health outcomes. This initiative was founded by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Susan G. Komen®.

Women's Health Empowerment Program focuses on developing services to improve the lives of women living with breast cancer and their families in collaboration with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The program builds leadership within the local community; creates new services, such as support groups and hotlines; strengthens doctor-patient communication; and facilitates partnerships among government agencies, NGOs, and the medical and health community. Currently, the program is active in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Hungary.