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Inside Deficit Reduction: What Now?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 tasked members of a “Super Committee” to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade. Members did not reach an agreement by the November 23 deadline and as a result automatic spending cuts to defense and entitlement programs are set…

The U.S. Department of Defense & Global Health

This report provides the first comprehensive look at the role of the Department of Defense (DoD) in global health, examining its organizational structure, activities, strategy, policy, and budget for activities related to global health.

What’s Next for U.S. Global Health Diplomacy? A Town Hall Forum with Ambassador Eric Goosby

At 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 28, the Kaiser Family Foundation will host a town hall-style forum with Ambassador Eric Goosby, the newly named head of the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy as well as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, to explore the goals and objectives of the new office. The office is intended to guide diplomatic efforts to advance the United States’ global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability. The hour-long session will be moderated by Jen Kates, a Foundation Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy.

Ebola in West Africa: Four Questions for the U.S. Response Going Forward

As of August 14, 2014, the Ebola virus has infected an estimated 1,975 individuals across four countries in West Africa, leading to 1,069 deaths (including three Americans). The official reported numbers, frightening as they are, likely vastly underestimate the true magnitude of the outbreak. Ebola has severely impacted the daily…

The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Era

In recent years, the U.S. government has paid increasing attention to the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world, utilizing both multilateral and bilateral channels. Still, however, many LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, which compromise their ability to access needed health services and can adversely affect health status. Moreover, in many countries, the barriers faced by LGBT individuals include discriminatory laws and policies. To explore opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. government in this arena, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened two roundtable discussions of high-level experts working on global LGBT health and rights as well as those working more broadly on global health. This issue brief summarizes the main points of discussion raised by roundtable participants, focusing on opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps for the U.S. government to consider in addressing the health needs of LGBT individuals around the world. It also provides an overview of global LGBT health issues, and reviews U.S. government efforts to address global LGBT health to date.

New Issue Brief Examines the U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores the U.S. government’s efforts to address the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world. LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, and in many countries…

NGO Engagement in U.S. Global Health Efforts: U.S.-Based NGOs Receiving USG Support Through USAID

This report provides an analysis of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that received global health funding from the U.S. government (USG) during FY 2013. It specifically focuses on funding provided to NGOs by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the largest implementer of global health activities among USG agencies and departments.

Calling in the Military to Fight Ebola

In this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses the President’s commitment of troops to combat the Ebola outbreak and explains the Department of Defense’s widespread role in global health activities.

Web Briefing for Media: The Response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

President Obama announced an increased effort by the United States to respond to the spread of Ebola in West Africa as the scale of the outbreak continues to grow. What has the global response been so far? How has the United States contributed? What will the response be going forward, in the coming weeks and months? What key lessons can be learned from this outbreak, and what can be learned by comparing the outbreak to other large-scale disasters?