Follow President and Mrs. Bush's Visit to Namibia and Botswana
Friday, April 7
George W. Bush: PEPFAR saves millions of lives in Africa. Keep it fully funded. https://t.co/xmfr4n0pFs— Post Opinions (@PostOpinions) April 8, 2017
Thursday, April 6
Last night I had the pleasure of hosting former U.S. President George W Bush and his wife Laura, at a dinner function at our State House. pic.twitter.com/Bs3MR0Wp5b— Hage Geingob (@hagegeingob) April 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 5
April 5, 2017
Student from Ella Du Plessis High School in Windhoek, Namibia welcomes President and Mrs. Bush today. President and Mrs. Bush are visiting Botswana and Namibia as part of their continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the Bush Institute's global leadership programs. Learn more at BushCenter.org. #Namibia #globalhealth
Tuesday, April 4
The trip, President Bush’s seventh to Africa since leaving office, demonstrates President and Mrs. Bush's continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the George W. Bush Institute's (GWBI) global leadership programs. The trip will highlight the Bush Institute-affiliated Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon®, a global partnership to fight women’s cancers, and the Bush Institute’s First Ladies Initiative, which engages and supports first ladies from around the world to effectively use their unique platforms to advance issues for women and girls.
In Botswana and Namibia, President and Mrs. Bush will celebrate the remarkable progress made over the past two decades to address the challenges of disease, poverty and security, and the critical role that U.S. foreign aid has played in delivering lifesaving treatment for HIV/AIDS to nearly 12 million people. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon – launched in 2011 by the Bush Institute, PEPFAR, UNAIDS and Susan G. Komen, along with other private and public partners – builds upon the HIV/AIDS platform to combat cervical and breast cancer in the developing world.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon began working with the Government of Botswana in 2012. Thanks to the ongoing partnership, more than 22,000 women have been screened for cervical cancer and more than 70,000 girls have been fully vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV) in Botswana. In Gaborone, President and Mrs. Bush will visit a clinic providing screening and treatment services for cervical cancer, discuss new technologies for fighting cervical cancer, and visit a school representative of the country’s vaccination program.
In Namibia, President and Mrs. Bush will focus on how improving the lives of women and girls with access to education, health care, and economic opportunity leads to increased stability and security, and specifically how First Ladies address these issues in their countries. President and Mrs. Bush will visit programs supported by the First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos, through her One Economy Foundation. Additionally, President and Mrs. Bush will visit facilities in Windhoek being prepared for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s expected service launch at health facilities across Namibia this spring.
This will be President Bush’s seventh visit and Mrs. Bush’s sixth visit to the African continent since their time in the White House. Their previous travel included visits to other Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partner countries Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, and Ethiopia. This is their first trip to Namibia and second trip to Botswana in the post-Presidency. As of December 2016, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners have screened more than 370,000 women for cervical cancer.
Brittney Bain serves as the Deputy Director, Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.Full Bio
14 Things to Know About the Life-Saving Work of PEPFAR on its 14th Anniversary
This weekend marks the 14th anniversary of PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which President George W. Bush signed into law on May 27, 2003 as part of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003. Since then PEPFAR has saved nearly 12 million lives. Here’s a look at 14 interesting facts about PEPFAR, which has lead the progress in the global campaign to end AIDS. In 2003, at the signing of the PEPFAR legislation, less than 50,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV/AIDS, now 11.5 million individuals are on ART due to PEPFAR. 99.5 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving ART, a more than 40 percent increase since the beginning of 2014. This has led to nearly 2 million babies being born HIV-free to infected mothers. Since the start of PEPFAR, new HIV Infections have declined 51 to 76 percent. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can reduce men&rs
Reflections on Mother’s Day : The Generational Impact of PEPFAR
This year, we are celebrating progress due in large part to PEPFAR, and also the commitment of the international community, and the leadership of National Governments to work toward an AIDS-free generation. Because of PEPFAR -- nearly two million babies have been born HIV-free to mothers who live with HIV/AIDS.
Three Reasons Economic Growth in Africa Benefits the United States
On President George W. Bush’s trip this month to Africa, he underscored the importance of sustaining American foreign assistance programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Economic development initiatives in Africa likewise are critical to the stability of the region and in America's interests.