The Bush Institute’s global health initiative is built on the belief that every life is precious and focuses on saving lives in the developing world.

The initiative spotlights critical issues, brings organizations, businesses, and government agencies together, and works to make existing health systems function efficiently.

The Institute’s flagship global health program is Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public-private partnership to save women from cervical and breast cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.  Cervical and breast cancer are the two leading causes of cancer death among women.

Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon works with PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) to screen women for cervical cancer, because women who have HIV are four to five times more likely to contract cervical cancer.

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International headlines this week highlight a three-day summit of U.S. government officials and nearly 50 African leaders in Washington, D.C.

As part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit on August 6, the Office of the First Lady, the George W. Bush Institute, and the U.S. Department of State are hosting a day-long forum focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.