Bush Institute volunteers in Zambia

In June 2013 President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush are traveling to Livingstone, Zambia, where they will work alongside local Zambians, U.S. embassy officials and George W. Bush Institute staff to renovate a clinic that when completed, will serve as a cervical cancer screening and treatment center. Four SMU students are among the group of volunteers who are helping renovate the clinic. They are joined by Eric G. Bing, professor of global health in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and senior fellow and director for global health at the Bush Institute. Posted here are excerpts from their blog at bushcenter.org/blog.

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Beginning renovations in Zambia

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Dr. Eric Bing and SMU students arrive in Zambia

When asked what they are looking forward to most about their trip, here’s what student volunteers had to say:

Melanie: As an American I am truly blessed to live in a country where medical care is easily accessible; however, this is not the case around the world. The efforts of the Bush Institute demonstrate a commitment to helping others and promoting global health. I look forward to experiencing the early stages of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon program first-hand because I am confident that the program will continue to grow and save thousands of lives.

Katie: This is an opportunity to be a small part of a project that will have a huge impact. I have not traveled much, so the chance to go all the way to Africa was something I couldn’t pass up. I am most looking forward to meeting the people in Zambia, hearing their stories and learning about their community.

Tyrell: I applied for the Bush Institute’s initiative in Zambia to learn how the Bush Institute is helping to combat cervical cancer abroad and to better understand how I might use that knowledge to help women who need health care right here at home.  I look forward to being hands-on in the renovation efforts that will provide the people of Zambia with lasting healthcare benefits.

Follow their work on the Bush Institute Blog.

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