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Former President George W. Bush Calls For Policymakers In Developed Countries To Focus On Saving Lives

“Noting Africa’s impressive progress in reducing new HIV infections, former U.S. President George W. Bush has called on policymakers in developed nations to make life-saving in developing regions one of their priorities,” PANA/AfriqueJet reports. “‘There is no greater priority than saving lives and there has never been a greater program than PEPFAR …,’ Bush remarked Wednesday at the African First Ladies Summit, convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, by the George W. Bush Institute of Dallas, Texas,” the news service notes, adding, “Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, led by the George W. Bush Institute, has come on board as an innovative approach to bringing public and private partners together to combat two of the leading causes of death in women in sub-Saharan Africa — cervical and breast cancer.” The news service writes, “Since its launch in September 2011, the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative took Zambia as [a] model country and has demonstrated how existing health platforms, such as PEPFAR, have been leveraged to expand services and accelerate progress against cervical and breast cancer.” PANA/AfriqueJet continues, “Discussants at the summit were unanimous about the need of creating more public and private partnerships in developing health care systems in sub-Saharan countries, because many have competing priorities in dealing with the burdens of disease and poverty” (7/4).