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First Lady Says Children's AIDS Clinic Shows "Real Face" of U.S. Compassion for Africa

July 11, 2003

First lady Laura Bush, accompanying President Bush on his first presidential tour of Africa, met with HIV-positive children as she visited Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center for Excellence. Children and their parents are treated, counseled, and given free AIDS drugs by US drug companies at the Gaborone facility. The US aid is "showing people here what the real face of America is like, the compassion that Americans have for the people here who are suffering with AIDS," she said. "My message is that there is hope. There are children all over the world who suffer with AIDS and with other diseases as well, and they are really surrounded by love," Mrs. Bush said. The multimillion-dollar center was funded by Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., based in New York.

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07.10.2003; Dina Kraft

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