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Nancy Goodman Brinker appointed Goodwill Ambassador

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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan has appointed Ambassador Nancy Goodman Brinker, Founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, a breast cancer foundation, as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control.

As Goodwill Ambassador, Ambassador Brinker is expected to raise awareness about cancer as a global public health problem. She will also advocate for strengthening global action for cancer prevention and control in the context of the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2008. Her messages will emphasize the need for low- and middle income countries to strengthen comprehensive and evidence-based cancer control policies and programmes.

"I am very pleased to appoint Ambassador Nancy Brinker as a Goodwill Ambassador for WHO," said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. "I look forward to Ambassador Brinker's help in raising global awareness of the need for comprehensive cancer control policies. The disease burden has shifted from wealthier to less affluent countries, and her advocacy will help in building awareness in low- and middle-income countries.

Ambassador Brinker served as United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007 to 2009. During her career as a businesswoman, consultant, health care advocate and philanthropist, she has received many awards. Ambassador Brinker has served on various boards, including Harvard University’s School of Public Health and was appointed by President Reagan to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board at the National Cancer Institute. With former First Lady Laura Bush, Ambassador Brinker helped launch the U.S.-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research in the areas of awareness-building, grassroots advocacy support, research, training, community outreach, and women’s empowerment.

On her appointment as WHO Goodwill Ambassador, Ambassador Brinker said: "I would like to thank the WHO for this great honor and opportunity. If we raise awareness about the global burden of cancer, its socioeconomic and psychological consequences on cancer patients and their families and the necessary actions for its control, we will be able to advance the global agenda in the fight against cancer. I will work diligently to effectively disseminate these messages to the world."

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