The Obama administration said that it wants $63 billion to be set aside in the fiscal 2010 budget to fight global diseases over the next six years.
The initiative, announced by Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew, continues an effort begun under former President George W. Bush to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Obamas budget request, he said, also will specify more money for prenatal and postnatal care, childrens health and fighting tropical diseases. We cannot fix every problem, Obama said in a written statement. But we have a responsibility to protect the health of our people while saving lives, reducing suffering and supporting the health and dignity of people everywhere. America can make a significant difference in meeting these challenges and that is why my administration is committed to act.
Obama plans to release his budget proposal on Thursday.