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February 21, 1966


JAMA. 1966;195(8):29-31. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100080009002

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International Health.—  President Johnson asked Congress for a $524 million international health and education program "to rid mankind of the slavery of ignorance and the scourge of disease."The special message was a follow-up to the request President Johnson sent the lawmakers for $3.4 billion in military and economic assistance for the fiscal year 1967, beginning July 1.The Health and Education aid message includes a 50% increase in education aid, raising it to an annual level of more than $200 million. It also asks a two thirds increase in health programs to more than $150 million.President Johnson's suggestions for a worldwide health program ran from eradication of malaria within ten years and elimination of smallpox by 1975, to an enlarged cooperation in efforts to deal with the problem of population growth.The President said his proposed "International Education and Health Act of 1966" would cost a total of

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