New Spending – Good News for Malaria

The Associated Press reports “a 40 percent increase, to $4.5 billion, for fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis overseas” from the new US Congress.  This was especially amazing given both the stiff competition among various programs, as well as what the AP observed to be strong efforts to control spending on special projects known as earmarks.

A special thanks is due to the many agencies and NGOs who joined hands for advocacy to promote a malaria free future. their letter to Congress made a difference. There are strong indications that this spending bill will be signed by the President, enabling the President’s Malaria Initiative to actually take off with its own funding.

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