July 1st, 2013
08:28 PM ET

George W. Bush builds on legacy in Africa: "I am here to serve"

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura are in Zambia, where they are renovating a health clinic.

The former first couple spoke to CNN's Robyn Curnow about their ongoing work in Africa through their global health initiative, which is in direct support of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership, spearheaded by the George W. Bush Institute, PEPFAR, UNAIDS and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, along with other private and public partners.

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  program was a commitment of $15 billion over five years from the former president to fight the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Bush says he wished Americans knew how many lives were saved with their contributions.

"I am really proud of the American people for their generosity. Billions have been poured into this faraway land," Bush said.

The Bush Institute combats cervical and breast cancer in the developing world.

While standing in front of the clinic being renovating, Curnow asked if they believed people would be lining up for its service.

"I think women really are because they know people who die from cervical cancer and people are living now with aids because of antiretrovirals, but sadly women are dying of cervical cancer which is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Africa," Ms. Bush said.

In December of 2011, the partnership launched in Zambia, and in July of 2012, it expanded to its second country, Botswana.  As part of the initiative, PRRR relies on private and public partners with the expertise and local networks to reach women who might otherwise die of these cancers.

This is the second time President and Mrs. Bush have traveled to Zambia for this purpose. Last July, they renovated and opened a Health Center in Kabwe, Zambia.


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "We think they see all our flaws... But that's not what they're looking to find when they look to us." (Bill Murray as FDR, Hyde Park On Hudson)

    July 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    The Willie Horton ad probably set race relations in America back about thirty years, but it's undeniable that no President has done more for AIDS prevention in Africa than W.

    All in all, I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    July 1, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply

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