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On World Cancer Day, February 4, HKS continued to stand alongside Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in the fight to ease the burden for women with cancer in Tanzania.
At an event held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and its partners – HKS, the American Cancer Society, the George Bush Institute, Southern Methodist University and T-MARC Tanzania – announced the winners of the Hostels for Hope design competition.
The announcement marked the culmination of the global call for student and professional design proposals to provide a “home away from home” near Tanzania’s only two cancer treatment centers. The hostels will be a crucial piece to combat the devastating barrier faced by many of the thousands of women in Tanzania each year, who receive a positive diagnosis of cervical or breast cancer. Often, the good news that treatment is available is followed by an impossible decision: travel to a distant hospital for treatment where there may not be safe or affordable lodging, or stay at home and succumb to cancer. HKS is united with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and its partners in believing that this burden should not exist.
In preparation for the competition, HKS assisted Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in developing submission criteria that would celebrate socially impactful, socially responsible and innovative, yet cost effective, solutions, that utilize infection control and stress reduction research to provide an effective environment of healing.
HKS Health Group Director, Jeff Stouffer, served alongside an international panel of jurors to select the winning designs.
With the winning designs selected, HKS will now begin the task of working with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, the competition winners and local Tanzanian architects to transform the winning designs from concept to reality. It’s an exciting opportunity to continue to serve through design, learn from a multidisciplinary team of global health experts and fight to break down barriers to health around the world.
More on the story can be found through a post by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon CEO, Celina Schocken, on the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimists site here.
Photos from the World Cancer Day event at Ocean Road Cancer Institute can be found here.
As the project enters the fundraising and design revision phases, you can donate to the cause here.
Southern Ellis from HKS (back row, second from right) stands with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon CEO, Celina Schocken, officials from the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, and some of the winners of the Hostels for Hope design competition in a World Cancer Day event at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam.