USA: US President Obama announces global health effort
Obama announces global health effort
5 MAY 2009 | WASHINGTON DC - The White House has announced that it is seeking $63 billion for a six-year drive to fight illness and disease around the world. President Obama cited the swine flu outbreak as one reason for the initiative. The Associated Press reports that Jack Lew, an Assistant Secretary of State, called the effort "an extraordinary step to save the lives of men, women and children."
Statement by US President Obama on Global Health Initiative
The official Statement from the White House notes that a "comprehensive global health approach (is proposed which) can yield significant returns by investing in efforts to:
- prevent millions of new HIV infections;
- reduce mortality of mothers and children under five, saving millions of lives;
- avert millions of unintended pregnancies; and
- eliminate some neglected tropical diseases.
Global Health Council asks for details on President Obama's health budget
8 May 2009 - President Obama's 2010 Fiscal Year Budget request is the first in several years to propose increases in maternal, newborn and child health and family planning over what Congress appropriate in the previous fiscal year.