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Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) Excited to Hear of New Cervical Cancer Discovery
We are excited to read about this new discovery in the fight against cervical cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2008, this disease was diagnosed in 12,410 U.S. women, and killed 3 out of 10 women diagnosed. In sub-Saharan Africa, this number is even more dramatic with 75,141 women diagnosed and 7 in 10 women dying from this deadly disease. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) was launched in September 2011 by the George W. Bush Institute, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure and UNAIDS with the goal of saving as many lives as possible. Joined by eight corporate organizations, this partnership has been working to combat cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa where it is the most common women's cancer. PRRR's team knows first-hand how each and every breakthrough - such as identifying the roots of cervical cancer that was announced this week - helps to speed the cure for thousands of our mothers, our sisters, and our wives here and around the globe. Our nation's work in Africa to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS also led to several breakthroughs in the fight against cervical cancer. For example, we discovered that HIV-positive women are 4 to 5 times more likely to be diagnosed earlier in life and with more aggressive forms of cervical cancer than their HIV-negative counterparts. This discovery helps us better target the women at risk, screen them, and identify the pre-cancer and early cancer stages when these women can still be cured. Working with the infrastructure set up by PEPFAR for the fight against HIV/AIDS, PRRR is helping nations such as Zambia accelerate their plan to identify and treat women suffering from cervical and breast cancer. We look forward to learning more about this cell discovery and how we can use this new information in our fight against cervical cancer. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that it takes only a visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid – or household vinegar – by a trained nurse or midwife and it costs pennies. These visual inspections take only minutes and if a woman is found to have a pre-cancerous lesion – it takes less than 20 minutes for the life-saving cryotherapy, done on same day. By contrast, if a woman waits until the cancer has developed, a biopsy of the cervix, histology, chemotherapy and radiotherapy can cost $10,000-$15,000—way beyond the reach of many in sub-Saharan Africa. The issue isn't that we don't know how to treat this cancer if found early, the issue is reaching out to women in the most remote and poorest areas of the world, and doing so in a timely manner. Any breakthrough helps us reach our goal of a 25-percent reduction in cervical cancer deaths much faster.
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