Majority of Americans Believe Funding Global Health Keeps U.S. Safe

EDITOR’S NOTE: Richard Parker of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition shares the findings of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s survey on U.S. role in global health. According to the survey, the majority of Americans have a favorable view of U.S. spending for global health programs, believing this can safeguard the health of Americans by averting the spread of diseases to the United States.

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Survey on the U.S. Role in Global Health Update says that “55 percent of Americans agree that U.S. spending to improve health in developing countries helps protect the health of Americans by preventing the spread of epidemics to the U.S.” While funding for global health certainly demonstrates our nation’s humanitarian values, this survey reinforces how important the funding in the International Affairs Budget also is to ensuring our national security and our economic prosperity.

What affects the health of one nation today affects the health of all nations. And as we’ve seen from the Gates Foundation’s Living Proof Project, U.S. investments in global health are working.

Another interesting part of the survey is that “58 percent say it is more important to emphasize programs that help countries build their health system infrastructure, under the theory that stronger health systems can better handle a variety of problems.” Assisting countries in developing their own health systems is a sustainable model, making other countries better able to care for their own people.

One additional part of the survey also says two-thirds of Americans favor multilateral efforts as opposed to direct aid to governments. Kaiser believes this “reflect(s) longstanding concerns about corruption that have been demonstrated in other polls.”

Re-published with permission by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Visit the original article.

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    Richard Parker

    Richard Parker joined the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition after serving as director of communications for the Peace Corps. Previously, Parker served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focusing on international health issues. He also worked in public affairs for the state of Virginia and communications and marketing for the American Red Cross and Levi Strauss & Co. He holds a master’s in public policy from Regent University and a bachelor’s in business from N.C. State University.