Media Outlets Explore Potential Impacts Of Funding Cuts On CDC’s Public, Global Health Initiatives

PBS NewsHour: How will CDC cuts affect health programs abroad and at home?
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently lost hundreds of millions of dollars in funding cuts, including a $750 million cut in December. On Friday, President Trump signed a bill that slashed $1.35 billion from its Prevention and Public Health Fund over the next 10 years. Ashley Yeager, associate editor at The Scientist, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Raleigh, North Carolina. … [H]undreds of millions of dollars are being funneled away from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention and Public Health Fund. December’s tax reform law stripped $750 million dollars from the program, moving that money to the [Children’s] Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, instead. And [last] week, President Trump signed a bill cutting $1.35 billion from the PPHF over the next 10 years…” (2/11).

The Scientist: Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund Puts CDC Programs at Risk
“…[Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA),] noted that the recent announcement to not renew funding for global health initiatives to monitor Ebola and other outbreaks is intertwined with the PPHF, as well. By choosing not to renew the supplemental package, the CDC will reduce or stop work in 39 of 49 foreign countries focused on preventing infectious disease epidemics and other health threats. Slashing those programs, along with financial support for PPHF, which provides infrastructure and support for some of those programs, hampers the CDC’s broader capacity to respond to and contain disease outbreaks…” (Yeager, 2/9).

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