Policy & Politics
PEPFAR Has Been "Unbelievably Effective," Bush Says During Visit to Ghana
February 21, 2008
President Bush on Wednesday during a visit to Ghana said the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has been "unbelievably effective," the New York Times reports (Stolberg, New York Times, 2/21). Bush and first lady Laura Bush are on a five-country tour of Africa in part to highlight programs funded by PEPFAR and the President's Malaria Initiative (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/20).
Bush on Wednesday also announced that the U.S. will commit $350 million over five years for what he called "neglected tropical diseases," which include hookworm, river blindness and elephantiasis. According to the White House, the current budget for such programs is $15 million (Los Angeles Times, 2/21).
Bush on Thursday is scheduled to visit Liberia -- the last nation on his tour -- where he is expected to meet with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, AFP/Khaleej Times reports (AFP/Khaleej Times, 2/21).
PRI's "The World" on Wednesday reported on an abstinence program at a school in Accra, Ghana. The segment includes comments from Sakyi Awuku Amoa, director-general of the Ghana AIDS Commission, and students (Harvey, "The World," PRI, 2/20). Audio of the segment is available online.
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