Policy & Politics
First Lady Laura Bush to Highlight PEPFAR, Malaria Programs During Trip to Africa
June 25, 2007
First lady Laura Bush on Monday is scheduled to leave on her third visit to Africa in an effort to highlight programs funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the President's Malaria Initiative, the Washington Post reports. Bush will visit Mali, Mozambique, Senegal and Zambia during the five-day trip. The trip "should show U.S. taxpayers the president's support of pressing humanitarian causes," Bush said during a recent CNN interview, adding, "We want the American people to know, because it's their taxpayer money that's doing it." She also said that the HIV/AIDS pandemic does "seem like an insurmountable problem, but the fact is, you can measure progress because you can see how many people actually get treatment." According to Bush, mother-to-child HIV transmission has been all but eliminated in the U.S. -- an achievement that can be replicated elsewhere (Fletcher, Washington Post, 6/25).
NPR's "All Things Considered" on Friday included a discussion with Bush about PEPFAR and her trip to Africa (Norris, "All Things Considered," NPR, 6/22). Audio and a partial transcript of the segment are available online. In addition, PRI's "The World" on Friday included a discussion with Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance, about funding for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa under the Bush administration (Werman, "The World," PRI, 6/22). Audio of the segment is available online.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.