Think Tanks et al
Council on Foreign Relations
Accessed 5 November 2016
Health and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Miracles
3 November 2016
Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, and Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis and Former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
…Global deaths from malaria and tuberculosis (TB) declined 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively, over this period. Maternal mortality dropped 43 percent. Deaths for children under five have halved, which means nineteen thousand fewer of these children die each day. More than ten million people with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa are on lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, up from just one hundred thousand in 2003.
U.S. leadership and investment helped spur this progress. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, created in 2003, remains the largest financial commitment of any country to global health or the treatment of a specific disease. The United States is the biggest funder of GAVI, the global vaccine alliance, as well as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, which immunize and treat millions of people each year. The United States also provides the most aid to fight neglected tropical diseases and poor maternal and child health. These investments have been consistently bipartisan, and their returns are, quite literally, measured in reduced human suffering and longer lives around the globe.
Can this age of miracles endure? Yes, but only with continued U.S. leadership and investment amid some challenging headwinds. The next president should build on the recent efforts to harness the positive synergies between global health and U.S. foreign policy…