On March 16, 2015, Global Health Council (GHC) released, “Taking Stock: Why U.S. Investments in Global Health Matter,” an online briefing book for members of U.S. Congress and their staff. The briefing book comprises briefs on crucial global health issues, such as health systems strengthening, malaria, vaccines and immunization, and maternal and child health. Each brief includes an overview of the particular issue, a look at the progress made over the past few years, and the U.S. response and strategy through funding and programs. The briefs offer vital recommendations that the Administration and Congress should pursue for further success. Several of these briefs also include impact stories that highlight how U.S. support for global health programming has made a difference in the lives of people around the world.
At the launch event on Capitol Hill for the Briefing Book, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), who serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Global Health Caucus, provided keynote remarks on the United States’ strong support of global health. A panel discussion followed with a look at how U.S. investments in global health contribute to a healthy society, as well as economic growth in local communities. Dr. Craig Rubens of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth conveyed the significance of promoting research to avoid maternal and child deaths as well as preterm births. International Medical Corps’ Annie Toro focused on health in humanitarian response, particularly drawing attention to why strong health systems are crucial to preventing and controlling disease outbreaks like Ebola, while Bruce Wilkinson of the Catholic Medical Mission Board stressed the importance of training and retaining frontline health workers. Tiaji Salaam-Blyther from the Congressional Research Service provided background on U.S. funding for global health programs over the years and the challenges of maintaining that support in times of fiscal constraint. Panelists drove home the point that investing in global health allows developing nations to move toward aid independence and increase their participation in the global economy.
Later that day, members of GHC met with congressional staff to share the Global Health Briefing Book and to answer questions that they had about U.S. investments in global health. Many staff members were excited to learn about this important resource, especially that it is easily accessible online.
About the Global Health Briefing Book
“Taking Stock: Why U.S. Investments in Global Health Matter” is a collaborative effort between GHC and the global health advocacy community. These briefs represent the work of a wide group of global health experts,