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Global health funding gets modest boost in spending bill

BY: CARMEN PAUN | 12/20/2022 12:49 PM EST

Congress plans to appropriate $11.2 billion for global health in the year-end spending package introduced on Tuesday.

The funds will go through the State Department, Agency for International Development, HHS and CDC.

State and USAID: Global health programs run by the State Department and the Agency for International Development would get a 7 percent hike if Congress passes the bill as expected.

The biggest boost, $445 million, will go to HIV/AIDS programs, for a total of $6.7 billion. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria got the biggest percentage increase with $440 million, raising the U.S. contribution to $2 billion for next year. This delivers on President Joe Biden’s commitment at the organization’s September replenishment summit in New York City.

Congress also increased global health security funding by $200 million, to $900 million. The money will go to programs seeking to build other countries’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. At least some of it is expected to go to the World Bank’s Pandemic Fund.

Tuberculosis programs will get a $23.5 million increase to nearly $395 million.

Malaria programs will receive $795 million, a $20 million increase. Polio programs will get $85 million, a $10 million hike.

Funding for family planning and reproductive health programs remained flat at $575 million. The U.S. will also contribute $32.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund.

HHS and CDC: Congress also plans to appropriate nearly $693 million for global health programs run by the HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The biggest share of the money — $293 million — is dedicated to global public health protection, which includes $3 million more than in the last fiscal year for “infectious disease surveillance platforms that enable comparative analysis between urban and rural populations in the developing world,” according to an explanatory statement.

Polio eradication will get $180 million and a global AIDS program $129 million.

There was also an increase for parasitic diseases and malaria, which will receive $29 million, and tuberculosis, with $11.7 million included in the bill.

Measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases will receive $50 million.

Why it matters: The U.S. remains the largest contributor to global health funding. However, needs have increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic, during which the fight against infectious diseases such as measles, polio and HIV was disrupted.

What’s next: Congress expects to pass the bill this week.

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