President Bush proposes that the US expand malaria aid for Africa.
In the past several years there have been several high profile personalities getting aid for Africa, which is indeed in need of fighting basic diseases such as malaria and HIV.
But few people have credited Bush for pushing through Malaria Aid for Africa.
Last year, Bush pledged one billion in American dollars to 17 countries to fight Malaria through newer medicines, insecticide treated mosquito nets and spraying of breeding places for mosquitoes.
This year he has increased the program to 23 countries and 1.2 billion dollars.
This is in addition to the Gates Foundation grants and the money from the World Bank.
The bad news is that with all the political infighting in Congress, the aid budget may not be approved this year.
The ABC report ends with this:
Bono, the Irish rock star and activist against poverty and disease, met with congressional leaders and expressed alarm they did not make a commitment to prevent the loss of $1 billion in U.S. money to fight AIDS, malaria and poverty.
Bono said in a statement that Democrats and Republicans blamed one another. “But the million people who were expecting bed nets don’t care who’s to blame. They just know that a promise made by the United States to keep their families safe is in danger of being broken next year,” he said.
Hopefully, Congress will get it’s act together and approve of the funding, even if Bush quietly gets a few good news articles like this one approving of his actions.———————————————–
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines with her husband. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket
She had a mild case of Falciparum Malaria while working as a doctor in Africa.