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News spotlight: Obama devises expansive global health strategy

Nurse Leader Insider, May 11, 2009

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President Barack Obama requested Congress disburse $63 billion over the next six years to drive his new plan to expand global health efforts.

The initiative Obama announced last Tuesday would help battle AIDS, tropical diseases such as malaria, and other avertable and treatable illnesses worldwide. The plan is broader that that of former President George W. Bush, whose previous foreign policy efforts focused on fighting global AIDS.

According to The New York Times, the White House said Obama requested $51 billion to combat AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and $12 billion for further global health issues during the impending six years. The proposal would devote $7.4 billion to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in 2010, which is $366 million more than what was spent this year.

The White House also said Obama would meet a previous $50 billion campaign pledge to broaden efforts to battle the AIDS pandemic, however, the goal would be met over six years rather than five.

Source: The New York Times



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