President’s FY17 Budget Released

The White House released the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) in early February. Global health programs at USAID and the State Department would be funded at $8,577 million, which is $73 million above the FY16 enacted levels. The maternal and child health (MCH), malaria and family planning and reproductive health accounts were increased in the FY17 request, while tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, nutrition and vulnerable children, were decreased. Accounts which remained flat include: global health security, HIV/AIDS (bilateral), and the U.S. contribution to the Global Fund to Fight, AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

The budget proposes to transfer $129 million of unobligated funds from the Ebola emergency funding to the malaria account. This transfer would need to be approved by Congress.

Separately, the President requested $1.8 billion in emergency supplemental funding to respond to the Zika virus, domestically and internationally. The funding would be divided up between the Department of Health and Human Services (which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USAID, and the Department of State. Congress will need to approve this emergency funding request. Read the White House press release.

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