Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Government Officials on Hand to Salute Tanzania’s Progress in Raising Awareness of Disease
DAR es SALAAM, Tanzania – October 25, 2011 – More than 2,000 women, men and children walked, ran and danced through the streets of Dar es Salaam on Sunday in celebration of a growing movement to address and treat women with breast cancer in Tanzania.
It was the third running of the Tanzania Race for the Cure®, held in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer organization. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the largest series of walks and runs for breast cancer, held in more than 140 cities with almost 2 million people worldwide.
“When you run or walk in Tanzania today, you are walking in solidarity with a global family, united to end this disease,” said Katrina McGhee, Komen’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. She led a contingent of Komen officials attending the race on Sunday.
Komen supported the launch of the Tanzania Race for the Cure by the Tanzania Breast Cancer Foundation (TBCF) in 2008.
Aided by the Komen partnership and grants totaling $20,000, TBCF has launched education and screening programs for women facing breast cancer in the country, which have provided screenings and access to cancer care. The funds are used to maintain counseling services and breast cancer awareness campaigns, and to provide support to those who cannot afford treatment or aftercare costs.
About 3,600 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in Tanzania in 2010 and about 1,300 died of the disease, which has increased steadily since the 1980s, according to an Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation report commissioned by Komen earlier this year.
Sunday’s Race included appearances by from the Minister of Community Development, Gender and Children, the Hon. Sophia Simba; and Susie Kitchen, deputy British high commissioner. The U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam fielded a team of 55 mission members.
Komen partners with organizations in more than 50 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to bring breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs, with a focus on helping to grow breast cancer programs in developing and low-resource countries.
Komen founder and CEO Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker has been at the forefront of the international global breast cancer movement. As Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the World Health Organization, Brinker in September urged the United Nations to add cancer to the U.N.’s global health priorities.