U.S. Should Increase Global Health Investments To Continue To Support Africa’s Health Advances

Devex: Opinion: The U.S. must continue to support Africa’s advances in health
Charles Holmes, co-director at the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact and visiting associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University; Susan C. Kim, executive director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center; and Mark Dybul, co-director of the Center for Global Health Practice and Impact, professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, and chair and fellow with the Joep Lange Institute

“…U.S. investments have helped catalyze domestic resource mobilization for health by governments, communities, and partners throughout the African continent. … As African leaders advance their commitments to fund some of the world’s most pressing health challenges, the United States should meet that ambition with robust commitments of our own. We are entering an era where African leadership will increasingly define and lead the efforts in global health security, migration, and broader improvements in health that will further stimulate a virtuous cycle of development. This is not the time to back away from U.S. support, as the current administration has suggested. … Rather, it is the time to double down on the great health successes that have been achieved and the diplomatic, security, and economic benefits the U.S. has received by increasing our funding for the upcoming Global Fund and Gavi replenishments and for PEPFAR and other bilateral global health programs…” (6/5).