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Increasing access to health services for cervical cancer in Ethiopia | Millennium Medical College
Many assumed that Mohammed, a tall passionate young Ethiopian man, would follow in his father’s footsteps and become a farmer. However, when his father died from a preventable and treatable chronic illness, he witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of the lack of access to care that rural poor people in Ethiopia experience. This is the reason he decided to become a doctor and is now a 4th year medical student at Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On Sunday, December 4th - the final stop of their African tour to recommit to improving health through PEPFAR and expand the use of services to combat cervical cancer- President and Mrs. Bush spoke with students at the school. The medical school is affiliated with St. Paul’s Hospital, one of five hospitals in Ethiopia currently receiving PEPFAR support for cervical cancer screening and treatment since 2010. While at the hospital, President and Mrs. Bush visited the cervical cancer program where approximately 550 women with HIV have been screened for cervical cancer since the program began. Of those screened, 14% of the women had abnormal results. Fortunately, nearly 90% of these abnormalities were diagnosed at an early enough stage that the women could benefit from on the spot treatment with cryotherapy. The remainder of the cases were referred for more advanced diagnostic evaluations and treatment in the hospital’s gynecological services department. While at the hospital, President and Mrs. Bush learned first-hand from women living with HIV how PEPFAR has saved their lives.
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
President and Mrs. Bush's Visit to Namibia and Botswana in Photos
They delivered a message to Congress and all Americans: lives in Africa matter.
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.
7 Things to Know about PEPFAR on World AIDS Day
Today marks World AIDS Day: a day to honor those lost, celebrate the global progress made in the fight against AIDS, and commit to put an end to the disease. In 2003, at the signing ceremony for the legislation that enacted the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush said, “We believe in the value and dignity of every human life. In the face of preventable death and suffering, we have a moral duty to act, and we are acting.” Since then, PEPFAR has delivered life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 11.5 million people, and nearly 2 million babies have been born HIV-free with PEPFAR support. PEPFAR’s success contributes to a coordinated global effort to end AIDS. UNAIDS reports that since 2000, 18.2 million people have access to treatment for HIV, new infections of HIV have decreased by over 1 million infections, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 1.4 million. There is real hope for endin