President Bush and the first lady are headed to Africa tonight.
Their six-day trip through Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Liberia, and Benin will focus on fighting disease and poverty.
Bush says the United States must remain committed to supporting stability in the region through democracy and trade.
He says Africa is opening a new chapter, after being on the brink of collapse just a decade ago.
"A new generation of african leaders is stepping forward and turning their continent around. international organizations and faith based groups are more engaged than ever, " Bush explained.
The president has also asked Congress to double the funding for his program to fight AIDS in Africa.