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[afro-nets] Bush to host anti-malaria summit in December

  • From: "Claudio Schuftan" <claudio@hcmc.netnam.vn>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 10:19:02 +0700

Bush to host anti-malaria summit in December


Posted: 26-Aug-2006 03:33 hrs

US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will host a summit on malaria in December with an eye on boosting private donations to fight the disease, the White House said.

It will group international experts, non-governmental organizations, religious groups and service organizations to discuss ways to battle the illness, the White House said in a statement.

In June 2005, Bush announced a 1.2-billion-dollar, five-year "President's Malaria Initiative (PMI)" to reduce malaria-related deaths by 50 percent in target countries in Africa.

"The summit will call on the private sector, foundations, voluntary organizations and school groups to complement the PMI by matching the US governments financial commitment and educating the public about malaria," the White House said.

So far, Bush has picked Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda to receive PMI aid, while eight other countries are to be added in fiscal year 2008.

The assistance includes spraying against mosquitoes that transmit the disease and handing out bednets to protect humans from the insects. — AFP

Claudio Schuftan