In September 2017, President Donald Trump pledged support for our nation’s burgeoning if belated efforts to strengthen health systems in Africa during the United Nations General Assembly. “We cannot have prosperity if we’re not healthy,” he proclaimed. “We will continue our partnership on critical health initiatives.” Yet like much of what the president says, this seems to have been empty rhetoric. With its guidance to federal agencies for the next fiscal year, the Trump administration now appears poised to repeat history.
As first reported by the Wall Street Journal in January, CDC staff have been instructed to begin winding down support to most of the countries that have benefitted from the agency’s Global Health Security Agenda. Launched in response to the largest ever outbreak of Ebola, which infected more than 28,000 people across West Africa between 2013 and 2016, it has helped to bolster the capacity of local health authorities to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks before they become pandemics. On top of this, the White House has proposed more than $2 billion in cuts to programs that provide essential health services from immunizations for infants to AIDS treatment worldwide.
Read the full article about Trump setting us off course on global health by Patrick Adams and Cameron Nutt at Slate.
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