Malaria gets Bush focus in Tanzania
February 19, 2008
President Bush was swept up in an outpouring of affection Monday in Tanzania’s rural north, where tens of thousands lined the road to see him. One woman burst into a dance of joy from a hug, and Maasai warriors leaped and chanted in his honor.
Midway through a trek through five African nations that have benefited from U.S. aid, Bush spent the day near Mt. Kilimanjaro, highlighting the strides being made with his malaria program.
During stops at a rural health complex and on a factory floor, Bush showcased benefits of the U.S.-led fight against the mosquito-borne disease that kills a million children each year in impoverished tropical countries.
The president launched a 5-year, $1.2 billion plan in 2005 to cut malaria deaths in half in the hardest-hit countries.
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