Bush Pushes for AIDS Fight in Africa

President Bush is urging Congress to authorize an additional $30 billion to fight AIDS in Africa over the next five years.

He made the announcement during a Rose Garden event on May 30, 2007.

The president was joined on stage by several African AIDS workers.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said the money which doubles the current U.S. commitment would provide treatment for 2.5 million people under the president’s emergency program for AIDS relief.

“The United States has responded vigorously to this crisis. In 2003, I asked Congress to approve an emergency plan for AIDS relief. Our nation pledged $15 billion over five years for HIV-AIDS treatment and care for many of the poorest nations on Earth. In the years since, thanks to the support of the United States Congress and the American people, our country has met this pledge,” Snow said.

To date, the program has supported treatment for 1.1 million people in 15 countries including more than one-million in Africa.

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