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Today, the New York Times featured in a front page article an innovative way to save women from cervical cancer: use household vinegar to spot pre-cancerous lesions on a woman’s cervix that can be easily removed. The article focused on Thailand and the work there should be commended. But in combating this deadly disease we can’t ignore a hard fact: HIV/AIDS often plays a role in cervical cancer. Women who are HIV positive are four or five times more likely to contract cervical cancer than women who have not contracted the virus that causes AIDS. As a consequence, cervical cancer is the largest cancer killer among women in sub-Saharan Africa -- a region where HIV is particularly prevalent. Thanks to the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), an initiative launched by President Bush and a cornerstone of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative, many African countries now haves a strong HIV health-care infrastructures that can be used to combat cervical cancer. As President Bush said at the recent Bush Institute’s Global Health Summit to Save Lives in Washington, D.C., “It’s not enough to save a woman from AIDS and have her die from cervical cancer. It’s just unacceptable.” So the Bush Institute, in partnership with PEPFAR, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, UNAIDS and many corporations, has launched the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative to reduce cervical cancer deaths in Africa. This initiative will begin with women who are most vulnerable, those who are HIV positive. The importance of this initiative is best explained by the women who will be helped by it, such as the women featured in this video. Former First Lady Laura Bush has also spoken out about the need to act against the scourge of cervical cancer and power of a “Drop of Vinegar.” We now have inexpensive tools, such as the vinegar test, and good infrastructure to combat cervical cancer in developing countries. The time to act is now. Eric G. Bing Senior Fellow & Director, Global Health George W. Bush Institute
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