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Remarks by President Bush at Windhoek Central Hospital
Windhoek, Namibia -- “A country that helped start PEPFAR. It’s very important for people in our country to understand that millions now live, who would not have. It’s in our national interest to help these governments, and this government, deal with the pandemic, which 15 years ago was destroying countries. Progress has been made. A lot of this resulted from the Namibian government’s willingness to spend money, and good leadership. It’s important for the American people to know however, that our help is still needed. That if we were to walk away now from PEPFAR, millions would suffer.
"Today we went to a clinic with babies who were born to moms that had HIV, but were HIV-free. And it was so heartwarming, so touching, to see little human lives that are now able to live a healthy life and it is important to keep this effort alive. And so we’re thrilled to be here in your beautiful country. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, and thank you for your leadership and your willingness to speak up – particularly the young men – that they have a responsibility to act like responsible men. Young men have a responsibility to get tested for HIV. When you’re young, you don’t think you can get sick, and yet HIV prevalence among young men all across the continent of Africa is beginning to rise, and it needs to be stopped now. The good news is, this government understands it, and the First Lady understands it, and is willing to speak about it.”
President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where George W. Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1974. He settled in Midland, where he started an energy business and married Laura Welch on November 5, 1977. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, George W. Bush joined a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. In 1998, he became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms.
After the Presidency, George and Laura Bush founded the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The Center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers. The Center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health, and human freedom. The Institute supports the rights of women with its Women’s Initiative and honors those who have served in the United States armed forces through its Military Service Initiative.
President Bush is the author of Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, a collection of paintings and stories honoring the sacrifice and courage of America's veterans. He is also the author of two bestselling books, Decision Points and 41.
He and Laura are the parents of twin daughters: Barbara, married to Craig Coyne, and Jenna, married to Henry Hager. The Bushes are also the proud grandparents of Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager. The Bush family also includes two cats, Bob and Bernadette, as well as Freddy the dog.
Tackling TB and HIV in Women
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A roadmap to fight cervical cancer
The Bush Institute, in partnership with the CDC Foundation, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, recently launched a new toolkit to guide countries in the collection and use of cervical cancer data and to enhance the quality, coverage, and scale of interventions against the disease.
Two-Minute Take: World Cancer Day
February 4 is World Cancer Day, an international day to raise awareness about cancer and encourage individual and collective action. At the Bush Institute, we are focused on ensuring that women who are living with HIV do not succumb to cervical cancer.