Posted by: blog4globalhealth | 06/23/2011

U.S. FUNDING FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

How much money does the United States spend on global health?

When President Obama announced the Global Health Initiative two years ago, the vision was for a $63 billion project that would take place over 6 years and integrate all U.S. global health programs to improve health systems in the developing world. However, in the last two years, Congress has approved $26.1 billion for global health, which is just 41 percent of the target amount Obama had set. For the 2012 budget, President Obama has only asked for $9.8 billion, 16 percent of the $63 billion goal.

“Here’s what not to expect,” said Beth Tritter, managing director at the Glover Park Group, a D.C. based communications firm. “Don’t expect attainment of the GHI $63 billion target.” Tritter spoke last week at a panel about the globah health budget at the Global Health Council’s Global Health Conference.

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