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Thursday, January 28, 2010

CRS Issue Statement on Global Health

Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Coordinator
Specialist in Global Health

Global health has become a major component of U.S. foreign policy and is expected to remain a major policy priority for the 111th Congress. Since the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was launched in FY2004, past Congresses have directed the bulk of global health funds toward global HIV/AIDS programs. The 111th Congress has maintained this practice while boosting funding levels for other global health programs, such as malaria, family planning and reproductive health, and neglected tropical diseases. In the first session, Congress enacted the FY2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 111-117). The Act made almost $8 billion available for global health programs, including some $7 billion for related activities through the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) account shared by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, about $1 billion for the Global Fund through GHCS and the National Institutes for Health, and an estimated $482 million for global health initiatives through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congress made additional funds available for global health projects through other accounts at the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and USAID.

Date of Report: January 13, 2010
Number of Pages: 3
Order Number: IS40319
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