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Laura Bush stresses nutrition in Africa

Laura Bush stresses nutrition in Africa

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DAKAR, Senegal - First lady Laura Bush picked vegetables and handed out mosquito nets Tuesday to emphasize that fighting AIDS in Africa also means tackling some of the continent's even more widespread afflictions - malnutrition and malaria.

"It's often overlooked that one of the essential things in the treatment of AIDS or HIV is good nutrition," she said after touring a garden whose produce is used to supplement the meals of AIDS patients at a Dakar hospital.

A doctor said insect-borne malaria - the biggest killer in Senegal - is even more dangerous for those who are HIV-positive.

The first lady and her daughter Jenna are on a four-nation African tour in which Laura Bush is expected to focus on how the U.S. can help a poverty-stricken continent provide health care and economic opportunity. She is also visiting Mozambique, Zambia and Mali on her third trip to Africa.

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