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U.S. Foreign Aid Investment Helps Attract Other Funding For Global Health, Humanitarian Programs

The Hill: The Safe Motherhood Project
Bruce Wilkinson, president and CEO of the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)

“…Successful and sustainable foreign aid requires private-public partnerships, locally and internationally. … Without [the U.S.] government’s leadership in South Sudan, the ability to attract other funders into a broad portfolio of assistance where humanitarian values are lived out, and smart investments in proven health inventions save the lives of mothers and children, would be impossible. … The U.S. currently spends less than one percent of the federal budget on foreign assistance but American influence does what no other nation or nonprofit can do. Think about how even a modest increase in federal allocations to global health and development could impact the success of scores of American NGOs who live out America’s compassion around the world. … In the next few weeks, Congress will decide how to allocate the federal budget for the coming fiscal year. We want our members of Congress to know that Americans support U.S. foreign aid” (11/19).

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