Obama Seeks a Global Health Plan Broader Than Bush’s AIDS Effort

President Obama asked Congress on Tuesday to spend $63 billion over the next six years on a new, broader global health strategy that would reshape one of the signature foreign policy efforts of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Mr. Bush made combating global AIDS a centerpiece of his foreign agenda. The program he created — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or Pepfar — is regarded as one of his most significant achievements. But the plan Mr. Obama outlined Tuesday envisions a more…

”We cannot simply confront individual preventable illnesses in isolation,” the president said in a statement released by the White House that cited the swine flu outbreak as an example. ”The world is interconnected, and that demands an integrated approach to global health.”

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