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President Bush Reaffirms Commitment to Combating AIDS in Africa
Just a decade ago, with vision and compassion, President George W. Bush began the most massive investment in a single disease by a single nation ever. Through the Global Fund and PEPFAR, the United States has enabled 4.7 million people to take life-sustaining drugs against HIV. Today in Tanzania, President and Mrs. Bush begin their tour of Africa to see the impact of that investment and to recommit to do more through the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative; a fitting way to spend Worlds AIDS Day. Here in Tanzania, almost one million people have received HIV-related care and support through PEPFAR and over 255,000 are receiving life saving anti-retroviral drugs. In Tanzania, PEPFAR has helped nearly 60,000 pregnant women reduce their risk of transmitting HIV to their babies. We also met a 29-year old woman whose life story reinforced how much work we have left to do. This soft-spoken mother of two with a quiet inner strength began taking anti-retroviral medications immediately upon learning that she was HIV positive. She was determined to beat the disease. She took her medications regularly and did exceedingly well in controlling her HIV. Despite her success in controlling HIV, she was recently diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer – a cancer that is 4 to 5 times more common among women with HIV than others. It is a disease for which there is little treatment in Africa, but one that can be easily and inexpensively prevented. The Bush Institute is partnering with PEPFAR, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, UNAIDS and others for Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an initiative that builds upon our successes in HIV, leveraging the PEPFAR platform to combat cervical cancer. The initiative will reduce cervical cancer by 25% among women who are screened in Africa. As President Bush has said, “it is not right to save a woman from HIV, only to let her die from cervical cancer.” Our next stop is Zambia, an African country with a cervical cancer rate that is so high, it rivals only one other – Tanzania.
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