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U.S. Global Health Investments ‘One Of The Best Displays Of American Greatness’

The Hill: Why global health investments are key to ‘Making America Great’
Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council

“…Now is not the time to withdraw our global health investments. … Decreased U.S. funding will undoubtedly result in significant setbacks, making us lose ground on epidemics we can’t afford to ignore. These cuts, if enacted, would rob us of an important, successful American legacy. Longstanding initiatives that combat infectious diseases, help children thrive, and build resilient health systems have saved both lives and dollars over time. They have enjoyed bipartisan support and are one of few surviving examples of what U.S. policymakers can achieve despite their differences. We have done the right thing by doing good in the world in a way that also has served our own citizens. To walk away from that now is a betrayal of our shared core values. And Congress agrees. … Let’s hope that proves true, because we all will be looking to our champions on the Hill to stand up and speak out in defense of this critical work and the consequences we will likely face by letting it go. Thousands have contacted their congressional representatives in support of global health funding, and key leaders across military, faith, and business communities have been vocal about the value of foreign assistance. … Investment in global health is one of the best displays of American greatness we have demonstrated as a country. Let’s continue to show our strength in ways that matter and serve us well” (5/26).

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