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Global health gains under threat




 



2013 APR 22 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- If the United States does not follow through on global health commitments, there could be a reversal or stagnation of recent gains in reducing maternal deaths and incidences of tuberculosis, malaria, HIV and other diseases in developing countries, warns a report published, entitled "Global Health: Investing in Our Future."

"In a tightening budget environment, it is important that the progress made in improving global health over the last few decades is not reversed by a lack of funding," said Samuel A. Worthington, president and CEO of InterAction. InterAction, in partnership with 15 other organizations, developed the global health briefing book as a resource for members of Congress and their staff on global health issues (see also InterAction).

The policy briefs intended for Congress show how U.S. global health programs have treated about 5.1 million people living with HIV over the last three decades, have come close to eradicating polio, and have saved more than 2.5 million young lives each year through vaccines. However, "Global Health: Investing in Our Future" also looks at what still needs to be done, such as bringing an end to preventable child deaths and providing proper sanitation facilities to over 2 billion people worldwide.

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