American Leadership In Global Health Financing ‘Indispensable’ To U.S., Global Security, Health
The Hill: Trump’s biggest impact: Global health financing
Nick Seymour, student at Harvard College
“…If the U.S. government is to deliver on common sense effective global health programs, leadership on the issue must come from our next president. A little over a year ago, I traveled with a group of student activists from Boston to New Hampshire to drive global heath financing onto the radar of the then-presidential candidates speaking at a conference on nonpartisan policy reform. In a crowded assembly hall, I asked then candidate Donald Trump to commit to increase funding for AIDS treatment globally as president. Trump gave a characteristically vague but encouraging response. … Now, President-elect Trump faces pressure to fill in his campaign rhetoric on nearly every issue and reassess some of his few but obscure specific promises. In the midst of this, his response to my question, that ‘We’re going to lead the way on [global HIV/AIDS treatment],’ must not be forgotten. … President-elect Trump will soon have the opportunity to plan America’s return to greatness. For the security and health of our nation and the world, American leadership in global health will be an indispensable part of the overall prescription” (1/7).