Former President Bush Makes 3rd Trip To Africa Since Leaving Office As Part Of Program Combating Cervical Cancer

Former President George W. Bush, “who made fighting AIDS in Africa a top goal of his administration, will take a trip there — his third since leaving office — as part of a program to combat cervical cancer,” the New York Times’ “The Caucus” blog reports. “He will leave late [this] week for Zambia, where he will help refurbish a clinic, and then head to Tanzania, where his wife, Laura Bush, is organizing a forum for African first ladies,” the blog writes, noting, “Bush will overlap briefly on July 2 with [President] Obama in Tanzania, the last stop on the current president’s itinerary after Senegal and South Africa,” as he also travels across the continent this week. “Africa was a personal priority for Mr. Bush during his presidency, overshadowed by Iraq, terrorism and other issues but one of the few areas where he drew praise across party lines,” the blog continues, highlighting some of his efforts, such as the Millennium Challenge program, which “steered billions of dollars in development aid to countries that committed to reform,” and the establishment of PEPFAR, which “was called the largest humanitarian health effort ever undertaken by any country.” The blog notes, “Teaming up with PEPFAR, the United Nations, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and pharmaceutical companies, Mr. Bush [also] helped form Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, which is devoted to curbing cervical cancer and breast cancer” (Baker, 6/22).

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