Health professionals and nonprofit groups have launched a petition to seek congressional support for the U.S. government’s global health programs.
An online letter is circulating to press Congress to protect the budget for the Global Health Initiative, the U.S. government’s flagship program on improving health services overseas.
“We commend Congress’s legacy of bipartisan leadership on PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and we call on you to continue this legacy by supporting the United States Global Health Initiative (GHI) and all its lifesaving programs. The GHI is the natural evolution of PEPFAR, proved to the world once and for all that poor countries can and must be partners in managing complicated health delivery,” the letter, dated Feb. 9, reads.
The call comes amid proposals by House Republicans to limit U.S. state and foreign operations spending for the rest of fiscal 2011 to USD46.95 billion, which is USD9.7 billion or 17 percent less than the budget requested by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Aid groups CARE, Global Health Council, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, IntraHealth, Management Sciences for Health, Oxfam America, PATH, Plan USA, Population Services International and Save the Children have already signed the petition.
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