This was published as a Wall Street Journal Think Tank column on Jul7 27, 2015. Many Americans are skeptical about foreign aid because they believe a large share of U.S. assistance is lost to corruption. When it comes to global health, as the chart above shows, 83% of Americans say corruption and…
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In his latest column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses a recent success in global HIV treatment and how successes may get less attention than they deserve because of prevailing attitudes about the corruption in foreign aid. All previous columns by Drew Altman are available.
This data note helps shed light on the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the U.S. global health response. Using updated data and building on earlier Kaiser Family Foundation reports, it paints a fuller picture of the role of these key implementers of U.S. global health programs and discusses key policy questions going forward.
Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: International Assistance from Donor Governments in 2014
This annual report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) evaluates international efforts to finance the response to the AIDS epidemic. The analysis finds that although there was a slight increase in funding to respond to HIV in low- and middle-income countries in 2014, seven of 14 donor governments actually decreased funding, two remained flat and funding from five governments increased. Overall donor government funding for the AIDS response increased slightly, by less than 2 percent in 2014 to US$8.6 billion. After adjusting for inflation and exchange rates, the 2014 increase was 1%.
Increase Mainly Due to U.K.; However, Funding from Half of Fourteen Donor Governments Declined As world leaders meet to discuss global financing for development, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) finds that although there was a slight increase in…
Medicare plays an integral role in end-of-life care, an issue that is emotionally-charged and easily politicized. About three-quarters of the 2.5 million Americans who die each year are ages 65 and older, and covered by Medicare at the time of their death, yet policy issues related to Medicare and end-of-life…
The Medicaid program is jointly funded by states and the federal government. There has been renewed interest in how Medicaid is financed in light of the additional federal financing for the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as ongoing budget discussions at the federal level. This brief reviews how the Medicaid program is financed as well as the implications for budgets, responsiveness to state policy choices and need, the links between Medicaid spending and state economies.
Foreign NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts: Foreign NGOs Receiving USG Support Through USAID
This report provides an analysis of foreign (non-U.S.-based) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that received global health funding from the U.S. government (USG) during FY 2013. It specifically focuses on funding provided to NGOs by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the largest implementer of global health activities among USG agencies and departments.
Global health efforts, like all development programs, are vulnerable to corruption. The Kaiser Family Foundation convened a roundtable of experts for a policy discussion on the topic of corruption and global health. The roundtable discussion focused on the magnitude of the problem corruption represents for global health, if current anti-corruption policies and programs are adequate, and how stakeholders can communicate more effectively about corruption to policymakers and the public.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores what’s known and understood about how corruption overseas affects U.S. global health programs, including the challenges in measuring and quantifying the problem. The brief summarizes a roundtable discussion of experts convened by the Foundation. Key themes of the discussion included how more could be…