From December 1-5, 2011, President and Mrs. Bush traveled to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia.
The trip demonstrated President and Mrs. Bush’s continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the George W. Bush Institute’s (GWBI) Global Health program. The trip also highlighted 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.
In Africa, President and Mrs. Bush emphasized the importance of the continued fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and celebrated the remarkable progress made over the past decade to address the challenges of disease, poverty and security. In addition, their visit spotlighted new approaches to prevent cancer in women through a major announcement by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners.