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Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Congratulates Ambassador Mark Dybul
Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon (PRRR) is pleased to announce that PRRR Steering Committee Chair Ambassador Mark R. Dybul has been appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. A public-private partnership, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon was launched in September of 2011 to build on existing healthcare platforms to cost-effectively by adding cervical cancer prevention, screenings, and treatment, as well as breast cancer education, with the goal of making it as easy as possible for women in the developing world to access multiple health services in one clinic visit. PRRR founding members include the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Doyin Oluwole, Founding Executive Director of PRRR, said, “Our sincere congratulations go to Mark! This is good for him and for global health.” Ambassador Dybul, who is the Inaugural Fellow in Global Health at the George W. Bush Institute, is also co-director of the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. A physician, he led research on infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health before serving as the United States’ Global AIDS Ambassador from 2006 to 2009. As the chair of the PRRR Steering Committee, he has provided vision to the initiative and helped guide PRRR partnerships and programs in sub-Saharan Africa, including in Zambia and Botswana. At the Global Fund Ambassador Dybul will oversee the organization’s support for global efforts to address HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria within the hardest hit countries.
This post was written by Katherine Bliss, Program Director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.
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