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President and Mrs. Bush spent America's Independence Day in Lusaka, Zambia. This trip to Africa has been a labor of love, as President Bush said today, and it is born out of a commitment to save lives. President and Mrs. Bush live by the principle, to whom much is given, much is required, and their work at the Bush Institute reflects this belief.
During his remarks at the University Teaching Hospital, President Bush noted that "on our country's birthday, it is important to remember the blessings of freedom and the blessings of being an American and to give back". Because of Americans generosity, PEPFAR has saved more than a half a million lives in Zambia from HIV/AIDs, and more than 4 million on the continent of Africa. In 2005, coffin making was the most lucrative business in Zambia because so many people were dying of AIDs. Today, people have access to life saving medicines and are able to live productive lives. But, the most tragic thing is to save women from HIV/AIDs and watch them die of cervical cancer. So, today in Lusaka, President and Mrs. Bush opened the first Center for Excellence at the University Teaching Hospital. The First Lady of Zambia Dr. Christine Kaseba, who is an OBGYN, and Zambia's Minister of Health, Dr. Kasonde joined the dedication showing the commitment of ownership by the Zambian government. And, the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) partners (public and private American corporations, institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the United States government) announced the expansion of PRRR to increase access to screening, education, and vaccines to fight cervical cancer. Building on the successful model and existing infrastructure of PEPFAR, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has already begun to screen and treat women for cervical cancer. Combating the most prevalent and deadly cancer among women in sub-Saharan Africa is becoming a reality. This post was written by Charity Wallace, Director of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Click here to learn more about President and Mrs. Bush's trip to Africa.
Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush. Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009. During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.
Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life. Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute. Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations.Full Bio