Commentary & Opinion
Congress Should Keep Investments That Save Lives, Reject "Cuts That Kill"
April 7, 2011
"Global health has historically enjoyed strong bipartisan support, with Republicans often leading on important initiatives to fight AIDS, malaria, and common childhood illnesses. However, in a tense budget atmosphere in Washington, even broadly popular programs can become political fodder," Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund, writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece about potential FY11 budget cuts and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah's recent statement that the House budget bill would kill 70,000 children.
While the estimate has since has been criticized as a "'scare tactic,'" Carter writes, "If anything, Shah understated the impact of the cuts, which would go well beyond the USAID budget line he was discussing. Also on the chopping block are the wildly successful global AIDS program started under President George W. Bush (PEPFAR) and the highly effective Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria."
"Even while acknowledging the live-saving potential of vaccines and other health programs, critics argue that our own budget predicament means we simply can't afford to be generous. Don't be fooled," Carter urges, noting foreign aid comprises less than one percent of the budget. "We must protect the investments that save lives, and reject the cuts that kill," she concludes (4/6).
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.
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