WASHINGTON May 5 U.S. President Barack Obama
on Tuesday announced a $63 billion, six-year health initiative
to help people in the world's poorest countries, most of it to
bolster existing programs.
"We cannot simply confront individual preventable illnesses
in isolation. The world is interconnected, and that demands an
integrated approach to global health," Obama said in a
Obama will request the money in his budget for the 2010
fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1. The White House has already
released the main elements of that budget, but plans to offer
greater details on Thursday.
The money will go toward efforts to fight AIDS, tropical
diseases and other illness and to help improve maternal health.
The initiative will be aimed at addressing "some of the biggest
global health challenges," said Deputy Secretary of State Jack
The program to combat AIDS and malaria which is known as
the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and was created
in the Bush administration, would get $51 billion over the six
The other $12 billion would be channeled to new programs to
fight tropical disease and other health problems.
(Reporting by Caren Bohan; editing by Mohammad Zargham)