Breast cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer deaths in women of Latin America. Several countries exhibit some of the highest mortality rates in the world, highlighting the health disparities in the region. Earlier diagnosis coupled with advances in treatment has led to better outcomes and longer survival for women with breast cancer. Yet, many Latin American countries continue to have limited access to these lifesaving interventions. This is why Komen works with the Ministries of Health and local organizations in Latin America to help improve awareness of breast cancer and break down barriers preventing women from accessing breast health care.
Training and education are a key part of Komen’s global efforts in Latin America. Through these efforts, we are able to support our network in these countries to better address breast cancer needs locally and globally. Two educational programs are at the core of our efforts:
BSA sessions offer Komen an opportunity to share its key breast self-awareness messages with a variety of groups – from the general population to experts in the field. The overall goal of these sessions is to encourage women to seek a healthcare professional and make lifestyle changes that will yield a positive impact on their health. Generally, these one-hour sessions are held at a local healthcare clinic, a school, or any other location attracting citizens from the community. Topics addressed during BSA sessions include:
Through the Workplace Awareness Program, employers are able to promote positive health practices among their employee population. Komen delivers breast health messages and assists in the development of meaningful engagement activities to encourage employees to take charge of their breast health and that of their family members.
These programs equip individuals and organizations with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to improve breast cancer outcomes in their communities through customized education and training workshops. To schedule an educational session for your workplace please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Latin America, Susan G. Komen and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to improve early detection of breast cancer and to save lives by increasing awareness, strengthening services, and removing barriers to screening, treatment, and care in local communities.
Starting in 2007, Komen has established strong relations with civil society in Latin America. With the generous support of the Caterpillar Foundation, Komen has developed programs that will ultimately increase breast cancer awareness and improve access to screening services and care in three Latin American countries: Brazil, Mexico, and Panama.
The program model, implemented over a five-year period (2011 – 2016) includes grants to improve of local breast cancer programs within the following priority areas:
In Brazil, Komen is helping to eliminate disparities in treatment and outcomes and reach health equity by: empowering low-income populations; facilitating access to breast cancer training for health professionals from the public health system; and improving health systems by strengthening evidence-based projects that are sustainable and induce changes in care systems. Our initiatives are designed as an integrated approach to improving breast cancer care where we work closely with city and state governments to identify and address local issues related to breast health. Program goals include:
Since 2007 Komen has engaged with 10+ implementing partners in 12 states.
Special thanks to the Caterpillar Foundation and Pfizer Foundation for their strong partnership and funding support of our work in Brazil.
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