On March 6, GHC member Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) released a new video aimed at protecting America’s commitment to global health security.
The United States has been a leader in global health security–and U.S. investments have protected national and international peace, security, and biodefense. Now, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are facing major funding cliffs in global health security programming, which puts global health progress at risk. In response to the devastating Ebola crisis of 2014, the United States Congress allocated over $900 million in supplemental funding to support the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) for five years. This funding helps countries prepare for and address infectious disease threats. This critical funding runs out at the end of Fiscal Year 2019. Without vital renewed funding, the CDC has planned to downsize epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries—effectively placing at risk up to 80% of our global health security efforts abroad.
This funding is not only critical for public health, it is an irreplaceable component of our nation’ global health security. It boosts the U.S. economy. The next global infectious disease outbreak could harm U.S. export economy and threaten U.S. jobs. A reduction in these U.S. investments also risks the ability to leverage private sector resources and donors from other countries that have begun their own investments, building on the scaffolding that the U.S. created.
Here’s what you can do:
1) Utilize NTI’s new video as a global health security advocacy tool.
2) Share the video and raise awareness on social media and other communications platforms using the hashtag #HealthSecurity.