Delta today announced a partnership with Breast Care International (BCI) in Ghana. For the first time, the airline will provide year-long financial support to BCI’s Community Outreach Program and also recently sponsored the ‘Walk for the Cure’ event in Kumasi.
BCI is a non-governmental organization with the vision to be a leading breast health care organization in Africa. The group has been conducting outreach programs for women, especially those in deprived communities of Ghana, over the past 14 years through education and screenings.With Delta’s support, the outreach program will be extended to rural communities throughout Ghana. Up to 50 trained specialists over the next 12 months will travel to communities allowing more than 10,000 previously unreachable women to be examined and taught how to detect irregularities in their breasts. BCI will work closely with local community leaders and church pastors to facilitate the participation in breast cancer awareness, education and screening.
“Delta is committed to positively impacting the communities it serves and this new partnership with Breast Care International supports the early detection of this disease affording many women the greatest possibility for long term survival,” said Nat Pieper, Delta's Senior Vice President – EMEA. “As Delta prepares to celebrate 10 years of service between Ghana and the United States later this year, this partnership highlights our continued commitment to this country.”
“Breast Care International highly appreciates Delta Air Lines for their support and investment into our womenfolk,” said Dr. Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, president of Breast Care International. “We believe in this partnership because breast cancer prevention is not only about educating, screening and empowering women, but also effecting attitudinal change, a primary consideration in all our awareness creation programs.”
Delta has operated service to Ghana since December 2006 and this year will be celebrating ten years of flying to Africa. Delta operates service to four African cities: Lagos, Nigeria; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana. Through the hubs in Atlanta and New York-JFK, Delta offers an unsurpassed network of hundreds of convenient onward connections.