Bush, first lady for low tech health solution in Africa

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President George W. Bush focused on a low-tech way to save the lives of African children Monday as he and first lady Laura Bush toured a Tanzanian clinic. President Jakaya Kikwete, next to President Bush, looks on as Bush greets a boy at a Tanzanian hospital Sunday. Pregnant women at the clinic are given vouchers they can trade for mosquito nets to protect their newborns from malaria. Tanzania is the second of five nations in President Bush’s six-day Africa tour that stresses U.S. initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and poverty on the continent. “Suffering caused by malaria is needless and every death caused by malaria is unacceptable,” Bush said to several dozen expectant mothers waiting to get their vouchers at the Meru District Hospital in Arusha. The Bushes then helped hand out bed nets to the women. “This is one of the simplest technologies imaginable, but it is also one of the most effective,” Bush said to CNN.

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