Celina Schocken, CEO, PRRR; Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Irma Alfaro-Beitz, Vice President of Global Health, QIAGEN
Following the video, Lisa Carty, the Director of the U.S. Liaison Office for the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), was announced. Ms. Carty congratulated Mr. Guimaraes and Ms. Schocken on the launch of the partnership and introduced the other panelists: Ambassador Debbie Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, and Irma Alfaro-Beitz, Vice President of Global Health at QIAGEN. Ms. Carty then moderated a discussion between Ambassador Birx, Ms. Alfaro-Beitz, Ms. Schocke, and Mr. Guimaraes.
In the discussion, the panelists discussed the importance of cervical cancer screening and treatment and the value of public-private partnerships. Ambassador Birx discussed the necessity of reducing stigma of a cancer diagnosis; with early detection of cervical cancer, women will be able to access treatment before it is too late, and a cancer diagnosis will no longer be a death sentence. Ms. Schocken focused on the importance of integration and leveraging existing tools to reach women where they are to prevent and treat cervical cancer in addition to HIV/AIDS and other health services. Ms. Alfaro-Beitz spoke about new tools to screen and treat for cervical cancer, such as HPV diagnostic testing through the QIAGEN careHPV™ machine, and how coalitions and partnerships make technologies accessible and affordable for those who need them most. Mr. Guimaraes focused on the importance of reaching communities, seen through PCI’s mobile clinics to provide services to rural areas of Zambia, and the importance of communities in social mobilization and awareness raising for cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
Many thanks to the Concordia Summit for providing such a great platform to discuss our partnership and all the panelists and moderator for their participation and encouragement of our programs. We look forward to achieving even greater impact with PCI over the next few years to support women’s health and providing the foundation for women to reach their full economic and social potential.
By Meera Sarathy, MPH, MBA, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Country Program Manager