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During a visit to the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka today, President George W. Bush, Mrs. Laura Bush, First Lady of Zambia Dr. Christine Kaseba, Zambian Minister of Health Dr. J Kasonde and United States Ambassador to Zambia Mark Storella dedicated the African Center of Excellence for Women's Cancer Control. President Bush also announced the donation of a new electronic hub (e-Hub) at the Center of Excellence, on behalf of all Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon ® (PRRR) members and partners. In addition, President Bush announced assistance to PRRR from Airborne Lifeline, a nonprofit organization that will provide airfreight services for medical equipment and transport medical personnel and patients as well as the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which has provided the funding for a Health Promotion Manager who will be hired and based in Africa to support PRRR activities. Liz Thompson, President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Colleen J. McGuffin, Vice President of Health Engagement & Customer Value at Merck Vaccines and Dr. Allan Pamba, Director of Public Engagement & Access Initiatives at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) were on hand to announce PRRR initiatives supporting the Republic of Zambia and the fight against women's cancers, demonstrating the deep commitment of PRRR members and partners in expanding the availability of vital cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment, and breast care education to those in need. The vision of the African Center of Excellence for Women's Cancer Control is to reduce deaths from women's cancers in the African region by raising the standards of care through education, training and research, with a focus on primary and secondary prevention and treatment of early stage disease. The e-Hub, also called the electronic matrix, is a unique platform that permits distance learning and point of care to support and narrow the health workforce gap that exists in Zambia and across many countries in Africa.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio
14 Things to Know About the Life-Saving Work of PEPFAR on its 14th Anniversary
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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
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