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Kaiser Family Foundation Report Provides First Comprehensive Look At Defense Department's Role In Global Health

“The Department of Defense is estimated to have spent more than half a billion dollars to support a variety of global health-related activities in fiscal year 2012 — more than either the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health dedicated to global health in the same year, according to a new report [.pdf] from the Kaiser Family Foundation,” a report summary on the foundation’s webpage states. According to the summary, the report offers “the first comprehensive look at the department’s role in global health, examining its organizational structure, activities, strategy, policy, and budget for activities related to global health”; “provides a full assessment of the department’s global health engagement across the entire organization”; and “discusses key issues for policymakers and global health stakeholders at this time of transition in national security strategy and defense policy, as they consider how the Defense Department fits into the larger global health landscape” (10/2).

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