Former United States President George W. Bush is in Africa this week to promote cervical cancer detection and treatment for women who are living with HIV. Analysts are speculating Bush is trying to build upon his successes in Africa.
During his years in office, President George W. Bush’s administration focused intensely on Africa by assisting the reduction of the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the African continent, rebuilding nations that were affected by genocide and stopping the broadening of malaria. A key Bush program was a $15 billion five-year initiative to combat HIV/AIDS globally.
With a perceived broken eight-year White House legacy, it seems the former president is remaining silent on domestic issues transpiring in the U.S., but is trying to build upon the successes he made in Africa.
This week, Bush, his wife, Laura, First Lady of Zambia Dr. Christine Kaseba, Zambian Minister of Health Dr. J Kasonde and United States Ambassador to Zambia Mark Storella dedicated the African Center of Excellence for Women's Cancer Control during a visit to the University Teaching Hospital, according to a news release.
Bush also announced the donation of a new electronic hub at the center on behalf Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) members and partners. Furthermore, Bush stated that Airborne Lifeline, a non-profit group that provides airfreight services for medical equipment, personnel and patients, and National Breast Cancer Foundation will assist PRRR.
The purpose of Wednesday’s ceremony was to initiate a vision for the center, which includes enhancing education, research and training that focuses on primary and secondary prevention and treatment. The ultimate goal is to reduce the number of deaths from cancers in women.
“I believe that quiet service is the best service. You're always a former president, but I wanted to come here as a laborer, try to sneak in the country. I didn't do a very good job of it,” said the former GOP president in a video posted Monday by the Bush Center. “I do want to be able to say that on this particular trip, that myself and friends have left behind a clinic in hopes to inspire others to come and refurbish clinics as well and to encourage the Zambian government to make sure there are the healthcare works necessary to make sure the clinic doesn't sit there empty."
In addition, Susan G. Komen for the Cure will donate a $200,000 grant for a breast cancer training curriculum, Merck will donate doses of Gardasil for vaccinations for 25,000 girls in support of the Zambian Ministry of Health and GlaxoSmithKline will donate doses of its Cervarix, a cervical cancer vaccine.