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Americans’ Views on the U.S. Role in Global Health

The Kaiser Family Foundation has tracked public opinion on global health issues in-depth since 2009. This most recent survey examines views on U.S. spending on health in developing countries and perceptions of barriers and challenges to making progress on the issue. Two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) overall and majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans alike, say that the United States should play at least a major role in world affairs, including roughly one in five overall (18 percent) who say the U.S. should take the leading role. The survey also finds a general skepticism on the part of the American people when it comes to the effectiveness of global health spending, with seven in ten saying the “bang for the buck” of U.S. spending in this area is only fair or poor, and more than half believing that spending more on global health efforts won’t lead to meaningful progress (a share that has grown since 2012). Although many Americans have concerns about the value of global health spending, six in ten say the U.S. spends too little (26 percent) or about the right amount (34 percent) on global health, and three in ten say it spends too much. Most also recognize benefits to such spending, both for Americans at home as well as for people and communities in developing countries.

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The Benefit of a Uniform Response to Ebola in the U.S.

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the Christie, Cuomo rift with the federal government over Ebola public health measures and the need for uniform national policies to ease the public’s fears.

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Curbing The Ebola Outbreak: Are We on the Right Track?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a public health emergency due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has accounted for over 13,000 reported cases and 4,800 deaths. Some imported and locally acquired cases in health care workers have also been reported in the United States. As…

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Shaping the U.S. Global Health Policy Agenda: Key Considerations for the Future

This Policy Insight outlines eight questions that are likely to shape the U.S. global health response in the last two years of the current presidential term and beyond.

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Where Do We Stand in The Fight Against Ebola? A Conversation with CDC Director Tom Frieden

On Tuesday, January 13, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a conversation with Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to discuss his recent trip to assess the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.…

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The U.S. Global Health Budget: Analysis of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Request

This budget analysis reviews U.S. funding for global health programs included in the fiscal year 2016 Budget Request released on February 2, 2015.

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Data Note: Americans’ Views On The U.S. Role In Global Health

This survey about the U.S. role in global health finds.Americans’ top priorities for global health funding focus on meeting basic human needs such as improving access to clean water and food and helping children. Addressing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is also a top priority. Some high profile issues such as malaria and reproductive health rank further down the list.. A large majority of the public overestimates the share of the U.S. federal budget spent on foreign aid.

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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%.

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New Infographic Compares Ebola To Other Infectious Diseases

Ebola virus has a unique set of characteristics that determine how and why its spreads, and how deadly it can be. To better understand Ebola, a new Kaiser Family Foundation infographic compares it to twelve other infectious diseases that continue to represent public health challenges today and offers five key takeaways…

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2012 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health

The 2012 Survey of Americans on the U.S. Role in Global Health is the fourth in a series that aims to examine the American public’s views, knowledge and opinions of U.S. efforts to improve health for people in developing countries.

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