2006 News Story

Laura Bush announces partnership to fight breast cancer in the Middle East

First Lady Laura Bush announced a major women’s health campaign in the Middle East in remarks at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 2006 Mission Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

The US-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research consists of a partnership between the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Discussions are underway to include Morocco and Jordan, Laura Bush said.

The partners will develop awareness campaigns that are appropriate for each individual country and increase research, training and community outreach efforts.

“This is the first major women’s health campaign in the Middle East, and the United States is proud to be a part of it,” Laura Bush said. “By confronting the challenge of breast cancer together, this partnership – which represents the very best kind of public diplomacy – will also help build lasting friendships between our countries. Most important, this partnership will help women throughout the Middle East find hope in a life free from breast cancer.”

The partnership is organized by the State Department’s Office of Public Diplomacy and the Middle East Partnership Initiative.