WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Former First Lady Laura Bush was a guest speaker at a panel about HIV/AIDS and womens' health at the XIX International AIDS Conference.
She appeared after Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. Suu Kyi was unable to attend in person, but spoke in a video presentation commending the world for their efforts so far, and urging them to do more.
The former first lady thanked Suu Kyi and stated how much she admired the Burmese leader. Bush then outlined the strides made during her husband's presidential administration to work towards ending the epidemic, and she detailed her family's personal involvement in the cause. She also stressed the importance of education in overcoming HIV/AIDS.
The Bush family's newest program to fight HIV/AIDS is called the Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon Initiative. Mrs. Bush told the audience that she and her husband were very pleased with the progress since the program's launch in December of 2011.
First Lady Laura Bush wrapped up her appearance by complimenting the audience on their tremendous progress so far to change the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, and she noted that these efforts bring hope that one day we can overcome HIV/AIDS.