The Cancer Resource Foundation works with Partners in Health to provide post-mastectomy support for the young women of Haiti.
Cancer health disparities are a global concern, especially in low resourced developing countries, such as Haiti. In 2011 Partners in Health and its Haitian sister organization, Zanmi Lasante, opened the first free public cancer center in the country of Haiti, that now resides at the new Partners in Health University Hospital in Mirebalais, a comprehensive tertiary care center. Run by one oncologist, three nurses and one social worker. In collaboration with a surgical team of mentors from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, this center treats people with many different types of cancer. Many young women seen at the hospital have invasive breast cancer. In Haiti, radiation treatment is readily available and most women who are able to receive curative treatment receive mastectomies with chemotherapy as the primary course of treatment. The physical and emotional body changes often leave lasting body image scars.
In 2013, the Cancer Resource Foundation (CRF) partnered with this public cancer center to supply breast prosthesis and mastectomy bras to help provide comfort and dignity to the women in Haiti. Through the generous support of Ted Davis and the entire Braza company, the CRF were able to support free prosthesis and bras to the underserved women of Haiti. Braza is a Massachusetts based company that provides “cutting edge” products that provide comfort, confidence and a positive dressing experience for women. To learn more about Braza go to brazabra.com.