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“What simple thing would you do to save your life?” Dr. Eric G. Bing, Senior Fellow and Director of Global Health at the Bush Institute, posed this question to over 500 people at the Dallas City Performance Center for TEDxSMU 2013. He captivated the audience with a gripping story of how he came to realize the full impact of simple things, a story that eventually led him to the Bush Institute.
With examples from around the world, he showed how innovative technologies and business solutions are beginning to save millions of lives in some of the poorest places on earth. He described how the Bush Institute is helping save women from cervical and breast cancer with simple life-saving solutions through the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative.
So, what simple thing would you do to save your life? Perhaps you want to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by losing weight (commit to walk 10 more minutes and eat one more piece of fruit each day). Perhaps you want to reduce your risk of cervical cancer (commit to a regular medical check-up and recommended health screenings). Perhaps you might like to start by just watching Dr. Bing’s inspiring TEDx talk. And if you’re inspired to make a simple change, inspire us all by posting it on Facebook or on Twitter and use #simple4life.
Inspire us with simple things!
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