White House budget recognizes global health threats with words, but not dollars with massive cuts to HHS, State Department, USAID

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“U.S. efforts to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic are a direct reflection of U.S. leadership abroad and the goodwill, compassion, and generosity of the American people.”

President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019

The U.S. State Department and USAID would get $25.8 billion — a cut of $9 billion, or 26 percent from the level enacted for 2017, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would get $3.85 billion — a cut of $470 million from 2017, and $925 million for the Global fund represents a cut of $425 million from 2017 levels in the budget plan released by the White House today. While the plan proposes new investments in the Global Health Security Agenda, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not clear at what cost to other disease preparedness and research efforts, and comes at the same time with a $63 million cut to global tuberculosis through USAID (and that’s from 2017 levels as well — if expected funding of $261 million comes through for 2018, that will be an $83 million cut from current levels).

Stay tuned. Science Speaks will continue to follow the breakdown of “An American Budget.”

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