Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PRESS BRIEFING BY PRESS SECRETARY ROBERT GIBBS AND DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JACK LEW

MR. GIBBS: Good afternoon, guys. As we get started here today we want to make a quick announcement here on a comprehensive global health strategy.

President Obama believes that it is in keeping with America's values and our history of compassion to lead an effort to solve some of the most serious problems facing the world's poorest people. Already, American leadership, sparked in large part by President George W. Bush and a bipartisan majority in Congress, has helped to save millions of lives from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Yet even with that monumental progress, 26,000 children around the world die every day from extreme poverty and preventable diseases. In response, the President's 2010 budget begins to focus attention on broader global health changes, including child and maternal health, family planning, and neglected tropical diseases, with cost-effective intervention. It also provides robust funding for HIV/AIDS. The initiative adopts a more integrative approach to fighting diseases, improving health and strengthening health systems.

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