Former U.S President Bush lauds Botswana’s fight against HIV/Aids

President and Mrs. Bush in Africa on April 4, 2017. Photo by Paul Morse
President and Mrs. Bush in Africa on April 4, 2017. Photo by Paul Morse
President and Mrs. Bush in Africa on April 4, 2017. Photo by Paul Morse

The former President of the United States, President George W. Bush praised Botswana for leading in the fight against HIV/Aids and cervical cancer, Daily News reports.

The former President the remarks during a courtesy call to the President of Botswana Lt.Gen Seretse Khama on Monday during his visit to the southern Africa country in the company of his wife Laura Bush.

Bush noted the progress made by the country in combating HIV/Aids and cervical cancer, hoping that the U.S President Donald Trump’s government will understand the Botswana President’s Emergency Programme For AIDS Relief has saved over 11 million lives.

“While progress is being made, we’ve got to continue to stay in this battle in order to save lives. Every human life matters and I hope that the people of America understand that through their generosity, millions now live,” he said.

US foreign aid had aided in delivering treatment for HIV/AIDS to nearly 12 million people according to Bush.

The former first couple also visited Tlokweng Clinic, where they were shown the new technologies aused for fighting cervical cancer.

The Bushes also visited Therisano Primary School in Old Naledi where they heard about the HPV vaccination preventing cervical cancer on girls aged nine to 13 years. The HPV vaccination is administered twice a year, in February and September. The immunization process started in 2013, as a pilot project, continued to 2014 and was rolled out countrywide in 2015.

The former first couple help in the fights against women’s cancers and HIV AIDs through the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon launched in 2011 by their Bush Institute, the President’s Emergency Programme For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNAIDS and Susan G. Komen, along with other private and public partners builds upon the HIV/AIDS platform to combat cervical and breast cancer in the developing world.