Partner Organizations, Associations, and NGOs
Americas Amigas was created with one goal: Fight against breast cancer together.
We have always known that the best way to fight a disease as serious as breast cancer is to seek all possible help.
That is why we are grateful for all the partners who support us.
These partners along with our supporters, volunteers, and donors help us promote the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, which increases the chances of curing the disease.
A few words about the history of our firm
Founded by Thomas Felsberg, the firm has always had an innovative spirit at the core of everything it does, being guided by the ability to foresee our clients’ needs and the shifts in the market. Here, tradition and creativity walk hand in hand.
This is the spirit that has allowed us to grow and become a full-service law firm, capable of dedicating ourselves to any manner of business or sector, while maintaining our specialist focus. This multidisciplinary and modern approach not only allows us to offer better services, but also to establish a breeding ground for development of the best new talents in the world of law.More than service providers, we are partners. But this is simply the first chapter of our story. New chapters are continually being written together with our clients, keeping an eye on the present with our focus on the future.
FEMAMA was created on July 22, 2006 during the Seminário Visão de Futuro, a seminar held in Sao Paulo by the Instituto da Mama do Rio Grande do Sul (IMAMA), abreast institute. At the time, it had 32 founding partners, including philanthropic entities, private companies, and people. Its creation was inspired by the Te Toca Brasil project, which aimed at connecting society and the third sector in the search for better results of policies related to breast cancer. Since its foundation, FEMAMA has achieved important results such as the 1st Latin Excellence Award granted by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It was also responsible for the pioneering performance of Wear it pink inBrazil, and for the articulation for the approval of important laws for patients such as Law 11,664/08, which regulates mammography from the age of 40by SUS – Brazil’s public health system, and Law 12,732/12, which determines the beginning of treatment of cancer patients by the public health system within 60days. The Law 12,880/13 was another achievement, and includes oral cancer treatments in the minimum coverage of health plans.
Influencing the creation of a national public policy on health and related fields in order to guarantee access, completeness, and equity in breast health care, in the context of full health and rights of Brazilian women.
Supporting the development of the political action capacity of organizations, associations, and people committed to the fight for breast health, preserving the identity of regional local movements, articulating them around a shared national agenda.
ImagingDiagnostic Research and Study Institute Foundation - has existed for over 30years, and is responsible for managing diagnostic imaging systems in the public health network. Founded in 1985 by medical faculty members of the Department of Diagnostic Imaging of the EscolaPaulista de Medicina – a School of Medicine and current Universidade Federal deSão Paulo (UNIFESP) a Federal University, FIDI was born with the aim of providing assistance to the population of Sao Paulo State, as well as contributing to the improvement of radiologists through continuing education programs, scholarships, and specialization courses.
Since 2006, FIDI has been a Foundation. In 2009, it gained Social Organization status, expanded its activities, and nowadays is in 85health units in the states of Sao Paulo, Goias and Bahia, in partnership with city halls and state governments. With 2,500 employees and a staff of 580physicians, FIDI annually conducts 4.5 million MRI, CT, ultrasound, mammography, X-ray, and bone densitometry tests.
At 33, the pulmonologist Marina de Loureiro Maior discovered that she had breast cancer and decided to set up a blog to talk about treatment and talk about the struggle that someone facing a disease like this faces. Through the blog, the doctor met other young women experiencing the same problem as well as other similar blogs, and created the Meninas de Peito Group - Breast Girls group – on Facebook to facilitate communication and be an online meeting place where you can find a friend who knows exactly what each person is going through.
Today, the group has thousands of women including breast cancer patients (and other types) and their families. There, friends are free to talk about the treatment, share questions about the terrifying chemotherapy, the effects of treatments, celebrate test results, exchange makeup tips, handkerchiefs, wigs, lotions, and other “little secrets” that help improve their self-esteem and reduce the side effects of strong medications.
The group holds national meetings bringing together more than 150 participants who broke the barrier of virtual and isolated war to share their struggle with solidarity and real support in each event.
In 2015, the group's founders created the Projeto Meninas de Peito - Breast Girls Project, which aims at broadening the dialogue between family and patients through websites, campaigns, and lectures.
The early screening for breast cancer is a fundamental measure to ensure treatment for women victims of the cancer which most affects the female population in Brazil. Across the state of Paraiba there are more than 300,000 women at the screening age (aged 40 and over) and, according to data, the number of mammographies performed is still far below the recommended by WHO. The number of deaths from breast cancer is still high due to several factors, the main one being late diagnosis due to lack of access to exams and information. The project Mulheres de Peito was created because of the great difficulty of access to mammography, as well as the lack of resources for consultations and biopsies faced by poor women.
The Mulheres de Peito Project began in mid-2013 with the mastologist Dr. Cristiane Santos Araujo and the Priest of the Catholic Church, Father Severino Firmino. It aimed at tracking poor women over 40 with suspected breast cancer, also seeking early diagnosis, providing necessary care, tests, and treatment for diagnosis, giving them a chance of cure. It intended to reduce the high mortality rate of women with breast cancer in the Curimatau and Serido Paraibano. Over the years, the Mulheres de Peito Project has advanced to Cariri and other regions of Paraiba State. In 2016, after a meeting held by members of civil society of the municipalities of Campina Grande and Cuite, PB, they decided to formalize the cause of Women, thus constituting theAssociation MULHERES DE PEITO.
Orientavidawas founded on November 8, 1999. The work started small, teaching embroidery. The first products were embroidered bags, and the initial results were surprising and well accepted in the market. Since its foundation, the NGO has established its brand through great partnerships, participation in fairs, and by sending production of its collections to all states of the country.
Thousands of women have already been trained over the years. In addition to the income generation project at the NGO headquarters in the countryside of Sao Paulo state, they teach embroidery, cutting, and sewing in female prisons, where many women work on their products and receive the benefits. They have the license to create Walt Disney products, which they are very proud of and create beautiful collections such as Alice in Wonderland, Mickey Mouse, and Star Wars, among other franchises.
There are also campaigns and projects developed by the NGO, such as Pense Rosa - ThinkPink (breast cancer prevention), Alice Exhibition (cultural project in partnership with Disney), Action with Editora Luste (cultural project that helps us stimulate and offer access to reading with this publishing house), Skate (sports project that offers quality of life for young people), and also projects for elderly people (aiming at creating income and raising awareness for the elderly). Many sectors, hard work, and one goal: to help and change social difficulties.
Women's Network to Fight Cancer in Brasilia – was founded on October 7, 1996 by ladies of the Brazilian society with the commitment to offer shelter, emotional and material support, clarification and information, to motivate for treatment, and seek integration with the medical team for the best patient care.
In order to achieve this, Maria Thereza S. Falcão went to the Hospital de Base doDistrito Federal – Federal District Base Hospital – to offer the support by the RFCC. On this visit, she met another volunteer working group (MAC) which provided a table and a chair for the work to begin. As a result, Rede Feminina began operating at the hospital, and its first improvement was to provide for the renovation of the 5th floor, which had been burned down and in which patients undergoing breast and gynecological cancer treatment are hospitalized.
By noting the growing demand of cancer patients and the fragmented efforts of numerous structured entities to help them, Abrale - Associação Brasileira de Linfoma e Leucemia - the Brazilian Association of Lymphoma and Leukemia envisioned an innovative initiative aimed at bringing people interested closer to the segment by proposing a collaborative agenda which would influence health policies in the area of oncology and accelerate health offer, prevention, access to treatment, and palliative care for people with cancer in Brazil.
TJCC was then created with the following objectives:
Spreading knowledge, and triggering actions for a more effective and higher quality Health System in care for people with Cancer (TJCC 1st Congress).
Pointing out priorities in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in Brazil.
Collective monitoring of cancer prevention and control policies.
Agreement on collaborative actions to promote advanced access to appropriate treatments in Oncology.
TRF - The Resource Foundation - is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1987. Based in New York City, it serves as a partner and supporter of NGOs based in the Americas and the Caribbean.
By partnering with carefully scrutinized nonprofit organizations in 29 countries,TRF empowers disadvantaged communities to gain the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to improve their lives.
Through their donation, they help donors provide trust and support to the countries on these continents through partner entities that meet all legal and tax requirements.
There are more than 370 local nonprofit organizations spread across 29 countries, which enable support to programs across Latin America and the Caribbean, contributing to an improved quality of life for millions of people.
TRF helps strengthen NGOs by providing value-added services to enhance their organizational capabilities. Such services include verification, representation, training, visibility, networking, technical assistance, fundraising, money transfer, and much more.
UICC - International Cancer Control - is a movement founded in 1933, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a non-governmental organization based on partnerships with members who actas supporters of global health communities to accelerate the fight against cancer.
The Union is a member of more than 800 organizations in 155 countries, as well as a partner of the world's leading cancer societies, departments of health, research institutes, and patient groups.
The UICC partners up with its key members such as the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum, among others, aiming at combating cancer on a global scale, promoting greater equity, and integrating cancer control into the world health agenda.
UICC's growing membership base has more than 1,000 organizations in more than 160countries, and represents the world's leading cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups. It includes influential policy makers, researchers, and cancer prevention and control specialists, having more than 50 strategic partners.
UICC is at key convening opportunities such as the World Cancer Leaders Summit, the World Cancer Congress, and World Cancer Day, focusing on:
The development of specific time targets and indicators to measure national implementation of cancer prevention policies and approaches.
Increasing the priority given to cancer on the global health and development agenda.
Promoting a global cancer response.
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