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Former President Bush Wraps Up Weeklong Africa Mission

In Zambia, Bush Joins Fight Against Cervical CancerIn Zambia, Bush Joins Fight Against Cervical Cancer
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In Zambia, Bush Joins Fight Against Cervical Cancer
In Zambia, Bush Joins Fight Against Cervical Cancer
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Former U.S. President George W. Bush has wrapped up a weeklong tour of Africa aimed at promoting cervical cancer detection and empowering women to make "positive change in their lives."

Bush and his wife, Laura, announced a $3 million initiative in Botswana that expands an existing program aimed at combating cervical and breast cancer.  Photos provided by the George W. Bush Presidential Center also showed the former first couple meeting with Peace Corps workers in a village just outside of Botswana's capital, Gaborone.

Experts say cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in Botswana, and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths for women in the country.

The Bushes spent much of the week in Kabwe, Zambia, where they helped renovate a clinic to diagnose and treat women with cervical cancer.  Additional photos showed the former president -- who celebrated his 66th birthday on Friday -- in work clothes, a paint roller in hand.

During his presidency, Bush launched an AIDS initiative that initially funded $15 billion worth of anti-retroviral drugs and treatment to extend the lives of millions of Africans with HIV and AIDS.  

His post-presidency humanitarian work on the continent has drawn widespread praise in sub-Saharan Africa,where an estimated 23 million people live with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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by: Judy Cocking from: Washington
July 09, 2012 4:45 AM
George and Laura Bush have done many good works and saved many lives in Africa. There is no boasting. They quietly do their good works with warmth and caring, They greet our returnihng service members with smiles and hugs,


by: Paul
July 06, 2012 8:59 PM
Truly a great man and a great President. The world yearns for a strong American leader...

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by: Cy from: Southwest US
July 08, 2012 10:44 AM
Gee, somehow most of the American Main Stream Media missed this story.


by: Ngwasi Chibikom from: Bamenda, Cameroon
July 06, 2012 7:04 PM
I love George Bush, but African leaders, as you meet in Addis Abeba later this month, HAVE A VISION FOR YOUR COUNTRIES *WORTHY* OF each of your country's potential. Have some shame, African leaders, as you go around parading in public with nothing to back you up!!! You cannot take a horse to the stream & force it to drink.

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by: Ngwasi Chibikom from: Bamenda
July 08, 2012 10:58 PM
No pretense at all about the uniqueness of what Africa has gone through, worse as it is what Africa has experienced. However, Africa has potential, what is the leadership doing to maximize that potential? Is it NOT us today doing the worst on ourselves, with African potential in foreign bank accounts? Tell me an African "presido" you know of who would end hunger in his country in his 50 years in office!!!

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by: king from: Geneva
July 08, 2012 8:51 PM
Bamenda dont prentend as if u dont know what Africa has gone thru,please!! That is racism.

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