Bush pledges (multi-year) $1.2 billion plan to fight malaria; vows to double aid to Africa by 2010 (though he will be out of office by then)

by Peter Baker

President Bush announced a $1.7 billion aid package for Africa devoted primarily to combating malaria, unveiling the initiatives yesterday in advance of an international summit next week dedicated to breaking the continent’s perpetual cycle of poverty, disease and famine.