WHY THIS INVESTMENT IS IMPORTANT
U.S. support for strong, effective, and fully funded multilateral organizations is necessary to meet U.S. objectives for global health. U.S. investments also sustain the vital work of these organizations, bolstering their efforts to eradicate disease, save millions of lives each year, and advance U.S. global health priorities in return.
Multilateral organizations help protect American lives and interests by doing the following:
- Coordinating the global response to disease outbreaks and other health emergencies;
- Providing AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria prevention, treatment, and care services;
- Working to ensure that all children around the world have equitable access to vaccines;
- Improving maternal health outcomes and access to contraceptives for women;
- Catalyzing investments from other countries and partners to support programs that improve the health of women, children, and adolescents;
- Facilitating the success of U.S. bilateral programs and amplifying the effects of U.S. investments in global health; and
- Collaborating with U.S. agencies that safeguard the health and security of Americans at home and abroad.
Multilateral agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA are uniquely positioned with the international credibility, convening power, and organizational mechanisms necessary to facilitate and coordinate health work on a global scale. U.S. agencies rely on the extensive networks of these agencies, including frontline health workforces, to access remote or unstable areas, quickly respond to health crises, and advance U.S. strategic health initiatives worldwide.
The United States relies on the convening power of the UN to provide a platform for multilateral health collaboration, which leverages the commitment and financial support of other countries toward shared health threats.
U.S. support for UN health agencies also helps the U.S. collaborate with world partners on key health initiatives, enhancing America’s influence and ability to steer the international health agenda.
These investments contribute to improved overall health and well-being: estimates indicate that, over the next five years, the new WHO General Programme of Work will save a total of 30 million lives, enabling more than 100 million healthy years of life, collectively, and sparking 2%-4% GDP growth in low- and middle-income countries.