4 global health priorities for next US administration, Congress

How can the next U.S. presidential administration and Congress continue the country’s leadership of global health efforts amid frayed bipartisanship and a struggling economy?

Three U.S. organizations attempt to answer this question in a declaration that proposes four priorities for U.S. engagement in global health efforts in the coming years.

The Center for Strategic and International StudiesCARE and World Affairs Council of Atlanta adopted the so-called Atlanta Declaration at the end of a daylong conference in Atlanta, USA.

The conference featured heads of the three organizations and members of the U.S. health and business communities like Thomas Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Greg Allgood of Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program. Also present were government officials like Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who discussed ways to draw public support for foreign aid programs.

Here are the four priorities the declaration recommends the United States adopt as part of its efforts to improve the health situation in developing countries:

The United States will hold presidential elections on Nov. 6, with incumbent President Barack Obama likely to face former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney of the Republican Party for the country’s top government office.

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  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.