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From December 1st to December 5th, President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia to demonstrate their continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the George W. Bush Institute’s (GWBI) Global Health program. The trip will also highlight the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® initiative, an innovative partnership between GWBI, the U.S. Department of State President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and other private partners. The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative leverages public and private investments and existing health infrastructures to combat two of the leading causes of cancer death among women in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America – cervical and breast cancer. While in Africa, President and Mrs. Bush will emphasize the importance of the continued fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and will celebrate the remarkable progress made over the past decade to address the challenges of disease, poverty and security. In addition, their visit will spotlight new approaches to prevent cancer in women through a major announcement by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners. In September, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Ambassador Eric Goosby and Mr. Michel Sidibé joined President and Mrs. Bush to announce Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Washington, D.C. In 2001, President Bush announced the first commitment of his Administration to fight the spread of preventable disease in Africa. A decade later, 4.7 million people received anti-retrovirals through PEPFAR and The Global Fund, bringing the total to 6.6 million people in developing countries who received life saving AIDS medications thanks to the leadership of private organizations, national governments, and the international community. For those interested in following the trip, we’ll be updating regularly on this blog, and on our Twitter, Flickr and Facebook pages. On December 1st, don’t forget to tune in to the ONE and (RED) World AIDS Day event on YouTube, where President Bush will deliver remarks live from Dar es Salaam alongside His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio
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