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The Year in Review for the Bush Institute’s Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon launched in two new countries in 2014 - Ethiopia and Namibia - and the first group of Ambassadors for the public-private partnership was introduced. President Bush and the First Ladies from the two countries made the announcements at the Investing in Our Future at the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit, in Washington, D.C. in August. The summit was attended by first spouses from across Africa, an event to complement President Obama’s hosting of heads of state and government from the continent. The forum emphasized the critical role first spouses play in advancing pressing issues, especially for women and girls, and focused on the impact of investments in education, health, and public-private partnerships.
Highlights for the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program this year include the results in the countries where it’s previously been implemented. As of September 2014, in Zambia, Botswana, and Tanzania, over 130,000 women have been screened for cervical cancer; and over 5,200 women were screened for breast cancer. HPV vaccination continued in Zambia and Botswana, and to date, has reached 42,045 young adolescent girls with doses donated by PRRR partners. The partnership also added five new members.
During the week of World AIDS Day this year, Doyin Oluwole, Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, wrote for the Huffington Post blog on the connection between HIV-vulnerable women and cervical cancer. The Bush Institute also interviewed Dr. Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Namibia’s Member of Parliament and Minister of Health and Social Services, about the success of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the start of PRRR in his home country.
As Dr. Kamwi said in the interview: “Partnerships are crucial. They can ensure direct contact with intended beneficiaries, access to additional human and financial resources, and ownership of programs by communities and affected populations. This fully integrated approach is key to making a difference.”
14 Things to Know About the Life-Saving Work of PEPFAR on its 14th Anniversary
Facts about PEPFAR, which has lead the progress in the global campaign to end AIDS.
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