In March 2011, the Caterpillar Foundation awarded Susan G. Komen a generous $2 million grant to increase breast cancer awareness and improve screening rates in Latin America. The unprecedented three-year grant from the Caterpillar Foundation awards community grants to Komen’s partner NGOs in Monterrey, Mexico; São Paulo, Brazil and Panama City, Panama to develop innovative early detection and awareness programs.
The first cycle of CAT supported community grants were awarded in August 2011, and below is an overview of the grantees and programs:
A grant to Fundación CIMAB: Monterrey bolsters education programs and patient services in marginalized communities of the Monterrey metropolitan area. Funding to Hope Worldwide Monterrey, AC allows the organization to provide six 20-hour comprehensive training courses for medical students, focusing on breast self-awareness, cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Grants to the Panama City NGOs Fundación Casita de Mausi, FundAyuda and Associacion National Contra el Cancer support public education campaigns, breast self-awareness programs, and training for medical practitioners. These programs share the goal of increasing screening rates and ultimately, saving lives in Panama City.
In São Paulo a grant to Instituto Mimboé supports an extensive media and breast cancer education campaign, centering on photo exhibitions at major metro stations. Sociedad Beneficente Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein has developed an internet-based train-the-trainer program to improve breast cancer screening rates in São Paulo. Additionally, to promote breast cancer awareness in São Paulo, the organization illuminated Hospital M Boi Mirim pink for breast cancer awareness month. (see picture)
Partner updates on granting and programmatic activities will be provided as this program moves into the second phase of the project.
The Caterpillar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Caterpillar Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment. Founded in 1952, the Caterpillar Foundation has contributed nearly $400 million to help make sustainable progress possible around the world by providing program support in the areas of environmental sustainability, access to education and basic human needs.
More information is available at www.caterpillar.com/foundation
To learn more about the Caterpillar Foundation's commitment to ending breast cancer, please read the public announcement made on March 9, 2011.
Caterpillar is a member of the Komen Promise Circle