Commentary & Opinion
U.S. Isn't Backing Off its Commitments to International Health
February 10, 2010
President Barack Obama's FY2011 budget demonstrates that the U.S. "isn't backing off its commitment to aid other nations," according to a VOA News editorial by the U.S. government. "Specifically, President Obama is proposing to boost U.S. efforts to promote health and well-being in developing countries. One major initiative aims to help other nations develop strategies to increase food production. As part of a new emphasis on global health, the president's budget will also devote new funding to reduce the number of mothers and infants who die each year from complications of childbirth or pregnancy, poor nutrition, and malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and polio," according to the editorial, which adds that HIV/AIDS "remains the cornerstone of the global health strategy."
"By adopting a new and expanded approach to its international health assistance programs, the U.S. hopes to both reduce disease and leave behind more sustainable public health systems through which partner nations can provide better care for their people," according to the editorial (2/9).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.