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Wheels up to Tanzania!
From December 1st to December 5th, President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Tanzania, Zambia and Ethiopia to demonstrate their continued commitment to the people of Africa through the work of the George W. Bush Institute’s (GWBI) Global Health program. The trip will also highlight the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® initiative, an innovative partnership between GWBI, the U.S. Department of State President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and other private partners. The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative leverages public and private investments and existing health infrastructures to combat two of the leading causes of cancer death among women in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America – cervical and breast cancer. While in Africa, President and Mrs. Bush will emphasize the importance of the continued fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and will celebrate the remarkable progress made over the past decade to address the challenges of disease, poverty and security. In addition, their visit will spotlight new approaches to prevent cancer in women through a major announcement by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners. In September, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Ambassador Eric Goosby and Mr. Michel Sidibé joined President and Mrs. Bush to announce Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Washington, D.C. In 2001, President Bush announced the first commitment of his Administration to fight the spread of preventable disease in Africa. A decade later, 4.7 million people received anti-retrovirals through PEPFAR and The Global Fund, bringing the total to 6.6 million people in developing countries who received life saving AIDS medications thanks to the leadership of private organizations, national governments, and the international community. For those interested in following the trip, we’ll be updating regularly on this blog, and on our Twitter, Flickr and Facebook pages. On December 1st, don’t forget to tune in to the ONE and (RED) World AIDS Day event on YouTube, where President Bush will deliver remarks live from Dar es Salaam alongside His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania.
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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