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In advance of President and Mrs. Bush’s trip to Zambia later this week, volunteers from Dallas – including students from Southern Methodist University – began renovations on a cervical cancer clinic in Livingstone, Zambia. Here’s what a few of the students had to say when asked what they are looking forward to most about their trip:
"As an American I am truly blessed to live in a country where medical care is easily accessible; however, this is not the case around the world. The efforts of the Bush Institute demonstrate a commitment to helping others and promoting global health. I look forward to experiencing the early stages of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program first-hand because I am confident that the program will continue to grow and save thousands of lives."
“This is an opportunity to be a small part of a project that will have a huge impact. I have not traveled much, so the chance to go all the way to Africa was something I couldn’t pass up. I am most looking forward to meeting the people in Zambia, hearing their stories and learning about their community.”
“I applied for the Bush Institute's initiative in Zambia to learn how the Bush Institute is helping to combat cervical cancer abroad and to better understand how I might use that knowledge to help women who need health care right here at home. I look forward to being hands-on in the renovation efforts that will provide the people of Zambia with lasting healthcare benefits.”
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