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US Budget Includes Funding to Fight HIV-AIDS, Malaria


The proposed U.S. budget for fiscal year 2008 includes money for fighting malaria and HIV and to support democratic programs abroad.

The White House says the budget provides more than $4 billion for treatment and prevention of HIV in the world's hardest hit countries, and more than $1 billion for HIV-AIDS programs worldwide.

Three hundred million dollars is for fighting malaria worldwide.

The White House says the budget also includes support for humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts in Sudan, as well as for Lebanon to help it strengthen government capacity, promote economic reform, and support its security forces.

The budget calls for $3 billion for the Millennium Challenge to promote sustainable economic growth in the poorest countries in the world.

The budget also allots $80 million to the private, nonprofit National Endowment for Democracy to promote democratic programs and institutions.

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