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A Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health Policy

Attention to global health by governments, policymakers, media, business leaders, and other institutions has increased markedly in recent decades.  Since 2000, donor funding to address health challenges in low- and middle-income countries has grown substantially, new institutions and global goals have been developed, and a burgeoning community of stakeholders has emerged around global health.

For journalists covering global health, a basic understanding of a wide range of related issues, such as disease epidemiology, treatment and prevention strategies, policy, funding, and the roles of key stakeholders, is critical to reporting.  This guide provides up-to-date background information on global health for journalists, with a particular focus on the U.S. government’s role in global health, which has grown significantly over the past decade and involves many different departments and agencies, Congressional committees, initiatives, and funding streams.

This guide is divided into the following sections:

  • The Basics of Global Health
  • Current Issues in U.S. Global Health Policy
  • Official International Agencies and Multilateral Organizations
  • Non-Governmental Organizations Involved in U.S. Global Health Policy
  • Tips, Tools & Pointers
  • U.S. Global Health Policymaking

Additionally, for journalists interested in HIV/AIDS, a specific reporting manual on HIV/AIDS is also available.

The Basics of Global Health