The Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5) represents a new commitment to unite the global breast cancer community behind a common goal to make breast health a global priority and reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes worldwide. The initiative began as a call for action in 2014 supported by UICC, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen.
“As the most common cancer among women, breast cancer must be addressed at the global level. Progress made in high income countries has not yet been mirrored in low and middle-income countries. These differences represent a real and tangible opportunity to improve women’s lives."
-Benjamin O. Anderson, Chair and Director of Breast Health Global Initiative, a founding member of BCI2.5
Since that initial pledge, the BCI2.5 has been engaging partners around the world, assessing need, identifying priorities and defining a strategy to meet this goal. Its consensus-based approach empowers regional champions to bring about change with the aid of its analytic, assessment and planning tools, educational materials and implementation science research methodology. The BCI2.5 delivers evidence-based technical expertise and a resource-stratified approach to improving breast health services and care at any resource level. The initiative is inclusive and encourages organizations, institutions and countries to connect and join the effort.