Clinton, Gates Call for Increase in US Health Aid

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates called on the U.S. Congress to boost spending to fight deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria in developing countries.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing March 10, Clinton and Gates underlined the critical U.S. role in global health initiatives. 

While Clinton called on Congress to approve the Obama administration’s health aid budget bill, Gates urged increased health aid funding, saying U.S. resources “are but a drop in the bucket compared to what’s needed.” 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to spend USD10 billion over a decade for vaccines including pneumonia immunizations in the world’s poorest nations.

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