Powell Announces Trip to Africa to ‘Highlight U.S. Concern’ over HIV/AIDS
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will travel to Uganda, Mali, Kenya and South Africa this month to "highlight U.S. concern over the devastating spread of AIDS," State Department officials said Monday. Powell has "spoken frequently" about HIV/AIDS, calling the epidemic "an economic crisis, a health crisis, a security crisis" in Senate testimony in March. President Bush's $23.1 billion budget request for foreign affairs includes an approximately 10% increase over last year's $300 million allocation to fight global AIDS (Strobel, Free Press Washington, 5/8).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.