Global Health Policy Experts Highlight 5 Things To Know About U.S. Global Health Funding In FY 2020
Global Health NOW: 5 Things to Know About U.S. Global Health Funding for FY 2020
Katie Coester, policy adviser for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Emily Conron, U.S. policy and advocacy officer for the Global Health Technologies Coalition; and Danielle Heiberg, senior manager for policy and advocacy for the Global Health Council
“The U.S. Congress has repeatedly rejected Trump administration proposals to slash funding for foreign assistance, including global health. This year, the global health community is looking to Capitol Hill to again turn back deep funding cuts proposed for fiscal year 2020 and ensure these programs remain strong and effective for years to come. House Appropriations subcommittees have begun work on their respective appropriations bills (the Labor, Health and Human Services bill — which funds NIH and CDC — was marked up last week, and the State and Foreign Operations bill — which funds USAID and the State Department — is expected to be marked up this week). … However, much remains to be seen in how the administration will respond to the spending package, and if it will continue to fight for its priorities, such as funding for a border wall. Here are 5 things you need to know about U.S. global health funding this year: Congress must take critical action on the Global Fund … Sustained investment in research and development is critical to global health progress … Make investments today to fight the outbreaks of tomorrow … Congress appropriates the money — what’s next? … The future of global health … In order to finish the fight on AIDS, malaria, TB, and address other global health threats, continued strong commitment from Congress is critical…” (5/6).