At his last U.S.-European Union summit, U.S. President George W. Bush hopes to convince Europe to rally round a new program focusing on treatable but neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm and river blindness, in Africa. “These are seven significant diseases, which together afflict close to a billion people. These diseases are treatable and beatable by medicines that are available today,” according to Dan Price, U.S. deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs. The U.S. already earmarked USD350 million over five years towards the campaign that, per Price’s estimate, will require a total of USD1 billion in funding. In addition, Bush will also urge European leaders to support a proposal that would increase medical workers in Afghanistan.
Source: Bush to seek EU support for new health projects (Reuters)