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Trump's plan to slash U.S. global health funding would be huge setback

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Each year, the United States delivers critical financial aid to developing nations that keeps people around the world safe and healthy and stops epidemics in their tracks. But with building pressure to slash U.S. spending, the country’s global health aid could face considerable cuts that would jeopardize the wellbeing and safety of the entire world.

First, global health funding has an outsized and positive impact directly in people’s lives. The small percentage of overall spending that goes to global health is a worthy investment, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.

A reduction to $6 billion from $10 billion – as proposed by the Trump Administration – could threaten the gains of programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the highly-successful anti-AIDS program started under George W Bush. In Malawi, for example, PEPFAR has enrolled over 550,000, more than 60% of those living with HIV, in treatment. This program has been such a success that, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a 10% cut in funding for HIV treatment could cost the lives of 5.6 million people around the world.

America’s global health funding can help governments around the world provide better health care themselves. It bridges the gap to provide individuals access to treatment when their governments alone cannot by setting up infrastructure to provide........

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