Bush’s Legacy — Women’s Health?

Posted by On September 14, 2011
Margot Sanger-Katz :: National Journal – In his first big initiative since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush announced the launch of a major public health project on Tuesday, one focused on providing cancer screening and treatment for women in the developing world, possibly including HPV vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. The timing couldn’t have been more ironic–Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., made headlines on Monday night when she criticized the HPV vaccine during the GOP presidential debate. But Bush’s initiative has been in the works for some time. The program will build on structures that were established during Bush’s administration to test and treat patients for the AIDS virus. With $10 million from the State Department, private funds, and donations of medicine, the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program will use existing clinics in Africa and Latin America to offer screening and treatment for cervical cancer. It will also educate women about breast cancer. Between public and private sources, the Bush Institute has secured $75 million in pledges for the project. Both makers of HPV vaccines have signed on. Merck announced it will donate $3 million and 3.6 million doses of Gardasil, which is enough to fully protect 1.2 million girls. GlaxoSm