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An editorial in The Los Angeles Times this week looks at the stalled democratic transition in Tunisia on the third anniversary of the Arab Spring. What began as a suicidal protest by a man in Tunisia spread as a political demonstration throughout the Middle East three years ago. While progress in Tunisia seems at a standstill now, the writers of the piece explain lessons learned from failed attempts at democracy in neighboring Iraq, Egypt and Libya and examine reasons to hope for a better transition in the country where the Arab Spring first began.
Recently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, released the latest data on cancer incidence, mortality and prevalence worldwide: http://globocan.iarc.fr/. The report shows a sharp rise in breast cancer, and it highlights cervical cancer as the fourth most common cancer in women. Cervical cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women in developing countries.
These numbers are unacceptably high for a disease that represents an avoidable cause of death in women, and they show important work to be done. The Bush Institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon® initiative addresses women’s cancers in developing countries and is focused on advancing prevention, screening and treatment for breast and cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Learn more about PRRR’s work to save women’s lives worldwide.
Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary. Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.Full Bio
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.