US investment in global health protects US troops abroad – report

A new report makes the case as to why the United States should continue its commitment to global health.

The report, “Saving lives and creating impact: Why investing in global health research works,” reveals that the United States supports 200 of the 365 global health products in development, including a potential vaccine against malaria and several HIV vaccines.

These investments, while accounting for only 0.01 percent of the U.S. budget for aid, protect U.S. troops and enhance the United States’ image abroad, the report says. Malaria, for one, has caused more U.S. Army casualties than “enemy fire.” It says funding global health research and development creates products and technologies that save money and lives in the developing world.

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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.