Letter From Loyce Pace
U.S. support for global health and international development programs has over many decades led to healthier communities around the world. This is more than just treating diseases — it is training frontline health workers, including lab technicians and pharmacists, funding new vaccines, technologies or other innovations, and building resilient, sustainable health systems that provide equitable access to quality care.
In 2019, when Global Health Council last released its briefing book, we talked about the value of strong health systems and emphasized the importance of global health security as well as an essential health workforce. Since then, we have found ourselves in the throes of a pandemic that has tested the resilience of global health programs and highlighted the need for stronger and more equitable health systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened decades of progress against diseases made possible by U.S. global health assistance. As countries assess the strengths and weaknesses of their health systems in the wake of COVID-19, the U.S. must also consider how it can transform its global health investments to build on the successes of previous years. A policy index leads the latest edition of our briefing book. It highlights several recommendations laid out in 2019 and outlines their progress based on congressional action.
The global health community recognizes that now is a moment of paramount importance. We need to plan for redoubling our commitment to global health systems so that we don’t lose ground on the progress that has taken decades to achieve. Americans consistently support global health and development funding, and they recognize the benefit not only here at home but to people around the world. With a robust global health system, the U.S. will be in a better position to combat the spread of diseases like Ebola and COVID-19, and we will be better prepared to save lives around the world and to protect Americans.
Therefore, in collaboration with advocates and organizations committed to U.S. engagement in global health, GHC presents the 2021 Global Health Briefing Book to help guide policymakers on the range of issues requiring government commitments and resources.
GHC, with the broader U.S. global health advocacy community, provides this briefing book as a resource to document how American investments make a difference in people’s lives around the world. These briefs represent the work of a wide array of global health experts, many based in the Washington D.C. area. The Global Health Briefing Book demonstrates how integrating and coordinating global health programs leads to improved overall health for people worldwide. The opinions presented in this document do not necessarily represent the views of all GHC members, but they do provide helpful consensus and guidance for both new and seasoned champions of our cause.
The information included in this briefing book is here to assist you in developing more flexible and responsive global health programming while providing a snapshot of where things presently stand. The Policy Index outlines congressional action over the last two years. Each brief provides additional information about the state of global health and provides recommendations for additional action. We hope U.S. policymakers find this set of recommendations useful in making critical decisions regarding ongoing global health programs and partnerships that facilitate equitable and accessible healthcare for all.
Loyce Pace, MPH
President & Executive Director
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