On the first day of our renovation at the Mosi Oa Tuny Clinic, the Zambians’ sense of gratitude toward us was almost overwhelming. Anything we needed - such as a helping hand to help steady a ladder, the Zambians kindly provided. At times, before I could even ask for help, someone was there to assist me. Eventually, I candidly asked Knox, a Zambian worker, “Why are you so friendly to strangers?” The next few minutes of our conversation were profound.
According to Knox, our volunteer trip gave him and the other Zambian workers an opportunity to think and see differently. Before the work started on Mosi Oa Tuny clinic, the outside was an unwelcoming field of hardened clay and dirt surrounded the clinic. Access to electricity and running water were inadequate. As Knox describes, women were reluctant to visit the clinic because it was in need of maintenance. For Knox and the other workers, collaborating with the Bush Institute on the renovation of the clinic represents an opportunity to share ideas with one another to help bring about positive and life-saving changes within Zambia.
When two completely different cultures come together on one accord, remarkable things arise out of it. At the end of my conversation with Knox, he stated to me with utmost sincerity that whenever we desire to visit Zambia again, “You are most welcomed.”
Tyrell Russell is one of four students at Southern Methodist University working with the George W. Bush Institute to help renovate a cervical cancer clinic in Livingstone, Zambia.
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: 4 Things to Know
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide. Data from 2012 indicates there are approximately 528,000 new cases of cervical cancer every year, and for every two new cases of cervical cancer, at least one woman succumbs to the disease – an estimated 266,000 women die of cervical cancer annually. During Cervical Cancer Awareness month, here are some important things to know about cervical cancer and how the world is responding. Low and Middle Income Countries Bear the Burden of Cervical Cancer Cervical cancer disproportionately affects women in low and middle income countries (LMICs). More than 80 percent of cervical cancer cases occur in low-resource settings. The burden is particularly stark in LMICs where cervical cancer affects women during the prime of their lives. Women are at the center of society as primary caregivers for children, engaged community leaders, and contributors to economic growth and prosperity. Whe
Building on America’s Leadership in Global Health
The new administration should stay the course as a strong leader in global health. This is a bipartisan effort, as both sides of the aisle have agreed on the importance of health care investments through successive Congresses and administrations, reflecting the priorities of the American people.
The Year Ahead for the Bush Center
In this Bush Institute interview, Kenneth Hersh, President and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, presents his goals for the Bush Center in 2017.
A Look Back at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in 2016
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is closing a momentous year of transition and growth. The partnership marked its fifth anniversary, began operating as an independent non-profit organization affiliated with the George W. Bush Institute, welcomed new leadership, established an office in Washington, D.C., and expanded its team of talented staff to advance Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s mission of fighting women’s cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In 2016, much was accomplished to save the lives of women and girls from breast and cervical cancer in countries where there is a particularly high burden of disease. With Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s partners and supporters, we celebrate: Finalizing plans for an investment of $3.5 million in financing from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support the transition of the Zambian cervical cancer program to the Ministry of Health by 2019; Opening 12 new sites to screen for an