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07-25-2012, 12:47 AM
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By George W. Bush, Published: July 22

George W. Bush was president of the United States from 2001 to 2009.<Does the WP really think people are that stupid? Or maybe they are that stupid.

Some 25,000 delegates are gathering in Washington this week for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. This is a moment of exceptional promise. Gains in AIDS treatment are remarkable — and continuing.

One of the saddest tragedies in the world is for people to die of HIV/AIDS when lifesaving medicines are available. Just a decade ago, that tragedy was playing out across Africa. Thanks to the generosity of the American people, this is no longer the case today. Through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis — working with committed governments, faith-based and community organizations, and the private sector — treatment and prevention have advanced at an almost unimaginable pace. This month, the Joint United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) announced that 6.2 million people are on lifesaving antiretroviral AIDS drugs in sub-Saharan Africa — up from just 100,000 in 2003. This is more than a vast statistic. It is a series of real people’s names — those of nurses, doctors, civil servants, farmers, students, entrepreneurs and parents who did not leave orphans behind. It is proof of what many in Africa call the Lazarus effect: Communities once given up for dead have been brought back to life, and millions of men, women and children are alive to build their futures.

An important byproduct of this massive effort on HIV/AIDS has been the improvement of African health systems. PEPFAR and other programs have helped raise professional standards and improve infrastructure. This has raised an exciting prospect: to extend the gains on AIDS to other diseases.

It is heart-wrenching to save a woman from AIDS, only to watch her die from cervical cancer, which is more prevalent in women with HIV. So Laura and I, along with the Bush Institute and partners from the public and private sectors, started Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon to save women from breast and cervical cancer, two of the leading causes of cancer death in Africa. Like PEPFAR, the success of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon depends on a broad alliance of private companies, nonprofit organizations and governments. The Bush Institute is working with the Obama administration, UNAIDS, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and private-sector partners. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a consistent champion of this effort.

We launched Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in Lusaka, Zambia, in December 2011 and returned to Africa this month to expand the program to Botswana. During our trip, Laura and I went back to Zambia and spent four days helping refurbish a women’s health clinic in Kabwe, two hours north of the capital. As soon as we cut the ribbon, the clinic started screening women who had lined up to be tested for cervical cancer. It was a joy to see the relief on the first patient’s face when she left with a clean bill of health. And it is heartening to know that those diagnosed with early signs of cancer will have access to treatment and a good chance of beating it.

During the past decade, millions of lives have been saved and changed. This has been a global effort. It would be a sad and terrible thing if the world chose this moment to lose its focus and will. Other countries and local governments in Africa can do more in providing resources and increasing funding — as the new government of Zambia is doing. But to continue the momentum in the fight against AIDS, America must continue to lead. Having seen the need and accepted the challenge, we can’t turn our backs now.

07-25-2012, 01:14 AM
Well, in all fairness, many of the WAPO's readers think that Bush is still running the economy, to hear Obama tell it.

And, at the International AIDS conference, Elton John praised W. to dead silence in the room.

The Daily Caller (http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/23/elton-john-praises-george-w-bush-and-conservative-politicians-video/) reported, via Free Republic (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2910117/posts):

Elton John praised former President George W. Bush and “conservative American politicians” for pledging billions of dollars to “save the lives of Africans with HIV.” He also credited hip-hop artist Jay-Z with starting a “domino effect” in the African-American community to support gay marriage.
“We’ve seen George W. Bush and conservative American politicians pledge tens of billions to save the lives of Africans with HIV. Think of all the love. Think of where we’d be without it, nowhere, that’s where. We’d be nowhere at all,” John said at the International AIDS conference in Washington on Monday.
“Thanks to all this compassion, thanks to all this love, more than 8 million people are on treatment. Thanks to people who have chosen to care and to act, we can see an end to this epidemic on the horizon.”
By objective measures Bush saved over a million lives (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RbAZj9RB94) with his relief policies.

07-25-2012, 09:41 AM
W should be very proud of his work both as President and post-President on AIDS. Where in this country, we really have done a good job slowing the spread of HIV and helping those who do have it maintian good health for as long as possible, that was not the case in Africa.

There are a lot of good church programs now, too. I know of one program in which women with HIV/AIDS in Africa make jewelry, which is sold in churches here, and the women make enough money to buy food for their families and their HIV medicine.

07-25-2012, 12:27 PM
AIDS "awareness" has been roundly mocked by some; but it has taken three decades to drill it into the heads of such people that the majority of the work (and money) devoted to "AIDS research" is work that should have been fully funded long before AIDS came along. Some people say that it took a mysterious disease killing young white men to wake up the government and medical establishment. Some people have said the most remarkably stupid things about AIDS research and funding because of their unwavering devotion to their own stupidity and bigotry while refusing to understand that "AIDS research" has mostly been into the basics of immunology and has generated (like NASA) more widely applicable technologies.

Lots of people volunteered to be guinea pigs for AIDS therapies and research which are now applied to various cancers and rare diseases.