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Better returns on our investments in global health and development
This article originally appeared on TheHill.com A battle is brewing on Capitol Hill around global health and development. The issue at hand is whether the US should continue its efforts to increase support to local hospitals, governments and faith- and community-based groups in developing countries to promote self-sufficiency so that, over time, countries take over responsibility for the health and well-being of their citizens. The Bush Administration began a significant push in this direction, in particular within the largest international health initiative in history for a single disease – the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The Obama Administration has picked up, evolved and expanded this strategy. The reason for the strong bipartisan agreement is rather simple: it’s the right thing to do for the American taxpayer to save and lift up more lives with the highest return on investment – and that, in turn, is good for our national economy and security. To read the full article click here. This article was written by Ambassador Mark Dybul, a distinguished scholar at the O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law, a Georgetown University and Inaugural Global Health Fellow at the George W. Bush Institute. He was the US Global AIDS Coordinator from 2006 to 2009.