Donors should free up more money for global health projects to avoid pitting various health issues against each other, Alanna Shaikh writes on the “U.N. Dispatch” blog.
Shaikh is echoing the conclusion of an opinion piece published in the journal AIDS, which, she says, argues against the Obama administration’s plan to fund its Mother and Child Campaign at the expense of funding increases for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Architects of the administration’s Global Health Initiative put forward the plan.
“Health funding should not pit one health issue against another,” Shaikh writes.
Shaikh says she agrees that making more money available for integrated health system support is the best way to address the global health problem. However, she says she is unconvinced that PEPFAR is the best venue for the U.S. to provide this kind of integrated support.