The United States is a leader in global health and development. With strong bipartisan support from past administrations and Congress, the United States has invested in successful global health programs that have saved the lives of millions around the world. This leadership means that a girl born in rural Rwanda is more likely to live to her fifth birthday, a patient in South Africa has access to antiretroviral treatment for HIV, and a family in Vietnam can sleep under a bed net, reducing their chances of contracting malaria.
Americans consistently support global health and development funding, recognizing that these investments not only help people and communities in low- and middle-income countries become more self-sufficient, but also effectively prevent the spread of diseases such as Ebola and bird flu, ultimately protecting the health of Americans. Perhaps most importantly, Americans feel such investments are the right thing to do and generate goodwill toward the United States.
U.S. support for global health and international development programs — including initiatives for nutrition, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene — has led to stronger, healthier communities around the world. Such investments strengthen the health systems of other countries, along with their ability to address the health needs of their own populations and other emerging global health priorities in the future. Moreover, these investments benefit the U.S. economy by strengthening the economies of trading partners that, in turn, support U.S. exports and millions of jobs.
Global health is more than just treating diseases. It also means training frontline health workers, including lab technicians and pharmacists; funding new vaccines, treatments, and other innovations; and building resilient and sustainable health systems that provide equitable access to quality care. By maintaining our political commitment, encouraging smarter investments, and supporting more collaborative donor and partner engagement, the United States is helping other countries to build sustainable health systems and become self-reliant.
Global Health Council and the global health advocacy community present the 2019 Global Health Briefing Book as a resource for well-informed decision making on issues involving U.S. engagement in global health.
Loyce Pace, MPH
President and Executive Director
Global Health Council