Friday, February 05, 2010

Obama Leaves Room in His Budget for the Developing World

President Obama's administration is proposing a 9% increase in funding that is directed at the needs of global health in its 2011 fiscal budget.

The proposal being released also sets very ambitious targets to be achieved by the year 2014 that includes getting an additional 1.6 million people into drug treatment programs for HIV/AIDS, cutting the prevalence of malaria by 50%, and reducing the number of deaths of mothers and children under 5 years old.

While the strides being taken by the Obama administration are certainly ambitious, they aren't without their naysayers. There are individuals who argue that more can and should be done by the US government to combat malaria and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

To learn more about what president Obama and his administration are doing to assist in global health initiatives check out the following aritcle by the Wall Street Journal.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal