WHY THIS INVESTMENT IS IMPORTANT
The United States is at the forefront of global health. U.S. leadership and investments in global health have accelerated progress towards real and tangible results: eliminating infectious disease epidemics, ending preventable maternal and child deaths, achieving an AIDS-free generation, and protecting the American public from health threats. U.S. investments also help to train and deploy essential frontline health workers, who not only vaccinate and attend deliveries, but also provide preventive care, treatment, medical information, and advice to help keep families and communities healthy. With U.S. funding, new innovations can tackle the next generation of rapidly evolving global health risks, including noncommunicable diseases and other neglected threats that increasingly affect the economies of key U.S. trading partners worldwide.
By integrating global health programs and services, U.S. agencies and practitioners leverage and maximize U.S. investments, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health initiatives worldwide. Investment in one area of global health creates a ripple effect across all programs, increasing the economic and social returns. Furthermore, U.S. investments provide the foundation of capital upon which corporations and LMICs can build with increasingly larger contributions. This foundation provides the access to alternative sources of funding and technical assistance that ultimately helps countries become self-reliant. However, as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) looks for ways to support countries along this journey toward self-reliance, U.S. investments must sustain essential health and social services, preventing the reemergence of life-threatening diseases that the United States and its partners have fought so hard to control.
The U.S. government is far from alone in its efforts to improve global health. Significant contributions are made by other nations; multilateral organizations, such as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO); public-private partnerships, such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; private foundations; and civil society organizations. These donor partnerships allow global health funding to be leveraged across multiple health sectors and to reach those most in need.
Global health programs help countries build and strengthen their health care services and systems, leading to economic and social stability, as well as independence from foreign assistance. Continued U.S. leadership and investment in global health are needed to build on achievements to date and to ensure a healthy future for citizens around the world.