Avon Foundation for Women Announces $520,000 Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Early Detection in Haiti

 

Avon and the Avon Foundation have donated $2.1 million to Haiti since January’s devastating earthquake

 

New York, NY, September 23, 2010 – At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) today, the Avon Foundation for Women announced a $520,000 commitment to Partners In Health (PIH) to support the development of the “Avon Cancer Care in Haiti” breast cancer care program that will give thousands of Haitian women access to early detection for the first time. The commitment to Partners In Health is the latest donation Avon and the Avon Foundation have made since the January 2010 earthquake to support disaster relief and rehabilitation in Haiti, and brings Avon’s total Haiti donations to $2.1 million.

 

Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer, announced the Avon Foundation’s commitment during The Clinton Global Citizen Awards™, where she received the Leadership in the Corporate Sector award. It is one of only four awards presented at CGI to recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. Nominated by CGI members, the honorees are chosen based on their innovative and effective approaches to making positive global change, and on their work's potential for scalable growth and sustainability.

 

“We are extremely grateful to the Clinton Global Initiative for playing an instrumental role in forging our partnership with Partners In Health in Haiti, as well as facilitating a collaboration between Avon Mexico and Cancer de Mama,” said Ms. Jung. “The new Avon Cancer Care in Haiti program will fund access to early detection, diagnostics and treatment of breast cancer for women in Haiti and empower local health care experts to improve the early detection of breast cancer.”

 

The Avon Cancer Care in Haiti program will provide expert clinicians at 12 clinics in Haiti to train community health workers to perform clinical breast screening exams. In addition, it will supply modern equipment for diagnostics of suspicious exam findings and access to state-of-the-art pathology evaluation through partners in the United States, as well as treatments where available.

 

The Avon Foundation for Women learned about the work being done to address the increasing burden of cancer in the developing world, as presented at the CGI mid-year meeting by Dr. Paul Farmer, who is also the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti. Discussions followed focusing on the immediate needs in Haiti and a partnership was forged.

 

Dr. Lawrence Shulman, Chief Medical Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a key member of the Partners In Health cancer team, said: "Thanks to the Avon Foundation for Women we will be able to introduce the first comprehensive breast health screening program in Haiti. We will train medical experts on breast exams and breast cancer awareness and education in clinics that previously had little in the way of an organized approach to early detection of breast cancer.   With the Avon Foundation’s support we are adding breast cancer screening and will provide tens of thousands of women with their first ever breast exam."

 

Avon Products, Inc.

Avon (NYSE: AVP), the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with more than $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world's largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6.2 million active independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon's product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark.

 

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women, and brings this mission to life through focus on two key issues: breast cancer and domestic violence. Through 2010, Avon global philanthropy has donated more than $800 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, and Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, with a focus on the medically underserved. Funding is awarded to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs. In addition to generous support from Avon Products, Inc., funds are raised through the sale of Avon “pink ribbon” products, as well as a variety of events, races and walks; the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising source.

 

Partners In Health

Partners In Health (PIH) works in some of the poorest corners of the world to deliver high-quality health care to the poor and marginalized and has more than 20 years of experience providing health care to Haiti, with a focus on bringing the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need, and creating awareness programs in rural, underserved areas. PIH is dedicated to providing the highest level of clinical care possible while alleviating the crushing social and economic burdens of poverty that create obstacles to health.

 

About CGI

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 125 current and former heads of state, 15 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,900 commitments valued at $63 billion, which have already improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 170 countries. In 2009, the Annual Meeting was named the No. 1 conference for CEOs. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship, MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make a Commitment to Action, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young leaders from business, government, and civil society. For questions, e-mail: press@clintonglobalinitiative.org