Elsa Morejon, wife of Cuban dissident Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet, writes in The Washington Post on the continued repression of human rights in Cuba. Dr. Biscet was arrested in 2003, along with 74 other activists, for his nonviolent opposition to Cuba’s communist regime and his advocacy for freedom. In 2007, President Bush awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Biscet for his courage. Dr. Biscet was not released from prison until 2011, so his family accepted the medal in his absence.
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.