U.S. Investments In Health Aid Improve U.S. Image Abroad, Study Shows

Stanford Medicine: Foreign aid for public health bolsters America’s ‘soft power’
This release discusses findings from a recent study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine on the impact of U.S. foreign aid on other countries’ public opinion. The release states, “Compared with other types of foreign aid, investing in health is uniquely associated with a better opinion of the United States, improving its ‘soft power’ and standing in the world, the study said. Favorability ratings of the United States increased in proportion to health aid from 2002 to 2016 and rose sharply after the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2003 and the launch of the President’s Malaria Initiative in 2005, the researchers report…” (5/16).