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In Case You Missed It: Press Coverage of the Bush Institute's Work in Africa

July 9, 2013 18 minute Read by Hannah Abney

President and Mrs. Bush recently traveled to Zambia and Tanzania in support of Bush Institute intiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and the African First Ladies Summit. If you missed the headlines, here's a summary: 

George W. Bush and Laura Bush on 'This Week' (video)

By Jonathan Karl, ABC News

July 7, 2013

(Excerpt from transcript) “A meeting of the president's club thousands of miles from home. We are thrilled to be back in Zambia. President Obama and former president bush traveled separately across the continent this week, but met in Tanzania at a memorial for the 1998 embassy bombing.”

 

Cokie Roberts on Chat with Michelle Obama and Laura Bush

ABC News

July 5, 2013

 

In our opinion: Promise in Africa

Editorial, Deseret News

July 5, 2013

George W. Bush didn't get a lot of credit for his humanitarian work as president, especially from his political opponents. It is fitting and interesting, then, that President Barack Obama has honored him in Africa this week, saying that Mr. Bush's efforts to rid that continent of AIDS and other infectious diseases was one of his administration's "crowning achievements."

 

Women’s empowerment key to African development

By Charity Wallace, San Diego Union-Tribune

July 4, 2013

Nearly a dozen first ladies from across Africa gathered this week in Tanzania to discuss empowering women in their countries. This summit, called “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa,” is hosted by the George W. Bush Institute and brings together world-class academics, policymakers, business leaders, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) officials, along with Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

 

Tanzania: Cervical Cancer On State Hit List

By Angela Semaya, All Africa

July 4, 2013

TANZANIA is well set and prepared to ensure it tackles cervical cancer, which has caused the deaths of many women in the country, President Jakaya Kikwete has said.  Officiating at the end of the two-day African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Mr Kikwete described cervical cancer as a "silent killer" for women. The summit, which ended yesterday, carried the theme: "Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa".

 

Bush, like most predecessors, holds tongue on successor (video)

By Dan Merica, CNN

July 4, 2013

 

George W. Bush wants life-saving in poor countries prioritised

AfriqueJet

July 4, 2013

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Noting Africa’s impressive progress in reducing new HIV infections, former US President George W. Bush has called on policymakers in developed nations to make life-saving in developing regions one of their priorities.

 

First Ladies want funds for devt

By Vision Reporter, NewVision (Uganda)

July 4, 2013

The bulk of the work undertaken by the African First Ladies is voluntary and greatly challenged by inadequate funding, Mrs. Janet Museveni has said.  She said if the First Ladies’ work is funded, they will do much more to mobilise communities thus enabling Governments to enhance efforts to offer services to the people. “Everything that we need as First Ladies to carry out our work successfully hinges on funding,” she said. This was during an evaluation dialogue with the George W. Bush Institute at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam Tanzania yesterday.  The summit is part of a project run by Laura Bush through the George W. Bush Institute. It was established by her husband after he left office.

 

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush: Can A First Ladies Summit Change The Future For African Women?

By Moira Forbes, Forbes

July 3, 2013

Rather than assembling policy-makers, elected officials, or even Barack Obama and George W. Bush, the gathering convened the wives of Africa’s most prominent political leaders to address the most critical issues facing African women today. Hosted by the George W. Bush Foundation, the “African First Ladies Summit” worked to promote the role First Ladies can play as architects of change given the power of their voices and their high-profile platforms that extend far beyond traditional borders of continent and country.

 

George W. Bush expands African cancer-fighting effort to Tanzania

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

July 3, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — George W. Bush’s cancer-fighting initiative will be expanded to Tanzania, signaling once again a long-term investment by the former president and his wife in Africa.  Bush — joined Wednesday by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete at the George W. Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit — said the increased efforts against cervical and breast cancer show how local leaders can “inspire good policy.”

 

As the Bushes leave Africa, they cement one more bond in Tanzania

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

July 3, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Former President George W. Bush announced Wednesday that his Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon cancer-fighting fighting initiative is expanding to this country, signaling once again a long-term investment in Africa by him and his wife, Laura.

 

First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush Show American Compassion in Africa

Anita McBride, Huffington Post

July 3, 2013

President Obama thanked President Bush in Tanzania this week for what he called President George W. Bush's "crowning achievement." Tanzanians also held up placards thanking President Bush for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the initiative he spearheaded and is credited with saving millions of lives. One of the central pillars of PEPFAR was a solid plan to deliver life-saving medicines to the countries hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.

 

Bush a Fond Presence in Africa for Work During and Since His Presidency

Peter Baker, The New York Times

July 3, 2013

On a humid morning in Tanzania on Tuesday, two American presidents stood side by side in a ceremony where neither spoke. One was the son of a Kenyan whose election broke barriers for African-Americans. But it was the other one who might command as much, if not more, respect among many Africans today.

 

One preventable death is too many

Nancy G. Brinker, Politico

July 3, 2013

In sub-Saharan Africa, breast and cervical cancers take the lives of more than 100,000 women each year. And in countries such as Zambia, 37.1 percent of women who die of breast cancer are in their productive and reproductive years. Sadly, cervical cancer is four to five times more common among women who are HIV-positive, which helps explain why cervical cancer is so common in developing countries. To make matters worse, 80 to 90 percent of women in sub-Saharan Africa have never had a pelvic exam. We must reverse these trends.

 

First Lady lauds partners in cancer fight

By Mitia, Times of Zambia

July 3, 2013

FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba has commended the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative, Bush Foundation and other partners for the positive contribution in fighting cervical and breast cancer in Zambia. Dr Kaseba noted that Zambia would not have recorded any success without the assistance from partners.   She was speaking during the First Ladies’ summit dubbed ‘Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa’ in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, yesterday.

 

Bush Institute Summit in Tanzania Includes Michelle Obama, Laura Bush

By Abena Agyeman-Fisher, The Daily Beast

July 3, 2013

Women in positions of power, including first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, joined forces in a summit to focus on improving life in Africa.  Hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, the African First Ladies Summit on "Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” addressed health, economic empowerment, and education for women Tuesday morning in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

Obama and Bush Meet at Memorial

Associated Press

July 3, 2013

The Obamas were in Dar es Salaam on the last day of a weeklong tour of Africa, while the Bushes were hosting the summit promoting the role of African first ladies in bringing change to their countries. Bush ended up joining the current president for the wreath-laying ceremony honoring the Tanzanian victims of the simultaneous attacks at the U.S. embassies here and in Kenya masterminded by Osama bin Laden.

 

First ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush offer advice to their African counterparts

Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

July 2, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — First lady Michelle Obama told a group of African counterparts Tuesday that she has one of the “best jobs in the world,” without the minute-by-minute crises and pressures that constrain her husband. “They come into office with a wonderful, profound agenda, and then they are faced with…,” she said, before a knowing voice jumped in.  “Reality,” said Laura Bush, finishing the sentence with the authority only a few in the world can muster.

 

George W. Bush's new mission

Editorial Board, Houston Chronicle

July 2, 2013

Compare photographs of George W. Bush in the waning weeks of his presidency to recent photos taken in rural Zambia, where George and Laura Bush have been volunteering for a few days at an HIV/AIDS clinic, and you might think you were looking at two different men. Instead of the graying, care-worn president from a few years ago, we see a smiling man in paint-stained khakis and a T-shirt, a maroon "Levelland, Texas" ball cap slapped atop his head. He's joshing with kids, painting a room in a rundown cervical cancer clinic, helping install a door as the clinic is remodeled. He looks like a man at ease with himself.

 

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush spotlight Africa women’s health

By Mark Felsenthal, Reuters

July 2, 2013

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and predecessor Laura Bush combined their star power to draw attention on Tuesday to efforts to improve women's health and welfare in east Africa.

Michelle Obama is visiting Tanzania on the last day of President Barack Obama's eight-day tour of Africa. She helped Laura Bush open a summit of the wives of African leaders, saying Africa was "at the hub of global development". The summit aims to promote women's well-being on the continent.

 

US First Ladies Promote Investment in Women in Tanzania

By Gabe Joselow, Voice of America

July 2, 2013

DAR ES SALAM, TANZANIA — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama joined forces with her predecessor Laura Bush at a summit Tuesday in Tanzania to promote investment in women.  The conversation soon turned to talk about the unique power and challenges that come with being the wife of the president.

 

The First Ladies Club: Michelle Obama, Laura Bush share stage at Bush Institute event in Dar es Salaam, separated by politics but connected by membership in exclusive circle of presidential wives

By Leslie Larson, New York Daily News

July 2, 2013

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush united Tuesday in Tanzania for a conference on women's issues — two women from opposite ends of the political spectrum who are bound together by membership in a select club of less than 50 women, since the founding of the U.S., who have been married to a serving President.

 

Michelle Obama dishes to Laura Bush in Africa

By Mike Allen, Politico

July 2, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Michelle Obama and Laura Bush held what looked like a first ladies’ edition of “The View” on the final day of President Barack Obama’s Africa trip on Tuesday, pulling back the curtain on an unusual role that provides an extraordinary platform but brings maddening scrutiny.

 

CNN exclusive: George W. Bush on AIDS

By Jethro Mullen, CNN

July 2, 2013

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Africa this week, where they renovated a cancer screening clinic in Zambia and commemorated the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Tanzania.

 

Margaret Spellings: A smarter way to fight women’s cancers in the developing world

By Margaret Spellings, Dallas Morning News

July 2, 2013

In late June, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released some hugely encouraging news about the fight against cervical cancer. Researchers found that the introduction of a vaccine for human papillomavirus in 2006 had led to a 50 percent drop in infection rates among U.S. girls and young women.

 

Africa’s future depends on women

By Suzanne M. McCarron and James Glassman, Huffington Post

July 1, 2013

On July 2, First Ladies from nations across Africa will join First Lady Michelle Obama, President George W. Bush, Laura Bush and distinguished leaders in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for a two-day summit, entitled "Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa." The event will focus on strategies for advancing opportunities for African women.

 

What’s George W. Bush up to in Africa?

By Steve Chaggaris, CBS News

July 1, 2013

Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Africa promoting their initiative, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which focuses on fighting cancer around the world. On Tuesday, the Bushes will host an "African First Ladies Summit" in Tanzania, which first lady Michelle Obama will take part in. The summit, per the Bush Institute, will focus on the role African first ladies "play in promoting women's education, health and economic empowerment."

 

U.S. President Visits Africa; No Not That One, The Other One

By Palash Ghosh, International Business Times

July 1, 2013

As President Barack Obama wraps up a short tour of Africa, his predecessor, George W. Bush, and wife Laura journeyed to the southern African nation of Zambia, one year after the couple made a similar trek there. The Bushes arrived in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital, on Friday and journeyed to Livingstone, a town about 300 miles to the southwest, to promote their cancer initiative, the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, and dedicated a new health clinic.

 

President Obama meets George W. Bush in Tanzania

By Peter Grier, Christian Science Monitor

July 1, 2013

The presence of both men in Africa is a coincidence of sorts. Tanzania is the last stop of Mr. Obama’s Africa tour, and it’s also the site of a conference on aiding African women sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute. Since the title of the conference is the “First Ladies Summit,” we’re pretty sure the White House arranged its schedule so that first lady Michelle Obama could attend the Bush-led meeting. White House officials have described the event as an important forum for promoting a larger role for women in Africa. At least nine African first ladies are expected to attend, according to the Bush Institute, as well as Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

 

Editorial: Obama, Bush and the power of presidential unity

Editorial Board, Dallas Morning News

July 1, 2013

There is something powerful, even magical, when presidents and first ladies, past and present, share a stage. When such moments occur on a foreign shore, it is a particularly powerful confluence of American solidarity.

 

George and Laura Bush building legacy in Africa

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

July 1, 2013

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia — Anxiety wrinkled deep around Eliza Tufule’s eyes as she walked Monday morning through the gates of Mosi-Oa-Tunya Health Center for her first cervical cancer screening.  The unknowns terrified her. Would it hurt? What if she had cancer? What would she do?  Tufule said she was so scared she decided to not tell her husband about the test until she knew the results.

 

Laura Bush gives a boost to women’s farm project in Zambia

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

June 29, 2013

NSONGWE, Zambia — For many years, Maitidah Nyemba and other women in this picturesque village 20 minutes outside of Livingstone had to travel long distances on a dusty, rocky road to get fresh vegetables.  But thanks to an innovative agricultural program — funded in part by the U.S. Agency for International Development and operated entirely by the village’s women — Nyemba and others now have enough to feed their families and boost their incomes by selling the extra crops.

 

George W. Bush wields paintbrush at women’s clinic in Zambia

By Twitchy Staff, Twitchy

June 28, 2013

Another American president, though, has made Africa a sort of second home as well. Despite the Daily Beast last summer framing it as a “new” initiative, former President George W. Bush has quietly made several trips to the continent over the years to help fight the spread of AIDS and promote women’s health.

 

George W. Bush makes return trip to Africa, arriving in Zambia

By Tom Benning, Dallas Morning News

June 28, 2013

LUSAKA, Zambia — Africa is in the rare position this week of playing host to not just one American president, but two.  While President Barack Obama’s visit to sub-Saharan Africa is a historic trip for America’s first black president, former President George W. Bush is making a repeat visit for a multiday, two-country trek.

 

 


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Hannah Abney
Hannah Abney

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. 

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