White House Releases FY17 Budget Request
The White House released the FY 2017 budget request on February 9, 2016, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, is outlined in the State & Foreign Operations (SFOPs) Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ), however, total funding for global health is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD) is not yet available. The table below compares the FY 2017 request to the FY 2016 enacted funding amounts as outlined in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (P.L. 114-113).
In the FY 2017 budget request, funding for global health programs at USAID and the State Department (through the Global Health Programs account) would total $8,577 million, which is $73 million above the FY 2016 enacted level. Malaria, maternal and child health (MCH), and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) funding increased in the FY 2017 request compared to FY16, while funding for global health security, bilateral HIV, and the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria remained flat. Funding for tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), nutrition, and vulnerable children, however, all declined compared to FY 2016.
The U.S. contribution to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is included as part of MCH funding, also increased in the FY 2017 request and accounts for nearly two thirds of the total increase in MCH funding. In addition to increased funding for malaria provided through the GHP account, the FY 2017 request proposes a transfer of $129 million from the emergency Ebola funding to malaria. If approved by Congress, this would bring total malaria funding to $874 million in FY 2017.
(Note: Additional global health funding amounts and analysis will be added as more information becomes available.)