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Examining U.S. Investment In Global Health Programs Supporting Frontline Health Workers

In the ONE blog, Mandy Folse, director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, discusses “the importance of U.S. investment in global health programs for the livelihood of millions.” Noting “President Barack Obama’s release of his fiscal year 2014 budget request” earlier this month, Folse discusses U.S. “[i]nvestments specific to the training and support of frontline health workers … made within programs to improve maternal and child health, improve nutrition, increase access to family planning, and prevent and treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and pandemic influenza.” She writes, “Because these investments are so widespread between different government agencies and within different programs of government, it is imperative that in order to get the most bang for our buck, the U.S. government have a strategy on how its programs will address the frontline health workforce crisis.” She concludes, “The Frontline Health Workers Coalition will continue to work with the U.S. government to get the maximum benefit of America’s global health investments by ensuring that the frontline workers needed to deliver health care in the developing world are well trained and supported” (4/29).