RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONGRESS
Maintain appropriate funding levels for all health accounts so we can achieve global health objectives and not lose the progress that has been made. If the U.S. fails to live up to its commitments, the gains made in reducing incidences of maternal mortality, tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, and other diseases in developing countries could stagnate or even reverse. Sustained U.S. investments in global health programs and health systems strengthening are crucial – health problems will only be more expensive and difficult to resolve in the future, especially with the rise of chronic non-communicable diseases (cancers, lung and heart disease, and diabetes) in all populations.
Continue to invest in global health research and evaluation programs that develop and implement new technologies and tools to assist countries anticipating future health challenges.
Encourage federal agencies to ensure that their global health programs are integrated, recorded, monitored, and evaluated so efficiency improvements can continue to be made throughout the global health sector.
Support policies that will build strong local health systems and train a sustainable health workforce. Strong, integrated health systems prevent devastating infectious disease outbreaks, bolster access to essential health services and strong public health responses, prevent stock outs of essential medicines and other lifesaving health products, and help drive inclusive economic growth. Additionally, investments in health workers save millions of women’s and children’s lives, enhance global health security efforts, and bear tremendous economic returns.