Hillary Clinton has declared a $2 billion annual effort on Tuesday to cure Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Clinton has asked for making the federal spending to battle the illness, double. The Democratic frontrunner has planned to come up with her proposal in Iowa at her last presidential campaign swing ahead of the holidays.
The funding has joined proposals to help the 15 million Americans worried for the ones afflicted by the illness.
According to advocates, with this proposal, it is for the first time that a presidential candidate has made fighting Alzheimer’s a major issue of the campaign. The proposal belongs to a larger effort by Clinton to boost health research funding.
Clinton said, “We owe it to millions of families who stay up at night worrying about loved ones afflicted by this terrible disease and facing hard reality of long goodbye to make research investments that will prevent, effectively treat and make cure possible by 2025”.
Clinton added that the best scientific minds have told them that they have a real opportunity of making groundbreaking progress on curing the disease and relieving the pain suffered by huge number of families.
In America, 5 million people have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and the number is likely to go up to 15 million by 2050. It is the United States’ sixth leading cause of death and has disproportional impacts on women and minorities. In every three Alzheimer’s patents, two are women.