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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.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Visualizing Health Policy Infographic: A Snapshot of US Global Health Funding  

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy infographic shows global health funding’s share of the US federal budget, the flattening of US funds for global health during the 21st century, where US dollars for global health are spent, the major areas receiving US global health funding, and how the US public overestimates…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

April 22 Event: The Challenge of Donor Coordination in Global Health – What’s At Stake?

Multiple donors currently provide aid to low- and middle-income countries on global health issues – in some cases, close to 20 donors are providing aid to address the same global health challenge in the same country. Are they coordinated, and how does coordination impact effectiveness of aid? Do recipient countries…

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The U.S. Global Health Budget: Analysis of Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014

This budget analysis reviews U.S. funding for global health programs included in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus appropriations bill signed into law on January 17, 2014. It examines funding by program area as well as trends over time.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser/UNAIDS Study Finds Dip in Donor Government Commitments for AIDS In 2013

Actual Disbursements in 2013 Increased 8% As Some Funds from Earlier Years Were Spent MELBOURNE, Australia — Donor governments in 2013 committed US$8.1 billion in new funding to support the AIDS response in low- and middle-income countries, down 3 percent from 2012, finds a new report from the Kaiser Family…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Affairs Blog: Development Assistance for Global Health: Is the Funding Revolution Over?

A Health Affairs blog post by Jen Kates examines the future of development assistance for global health.

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Curbing The Ebola Outbreak: Are We on the Right Track?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared a public health emergency due to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which has accounted for over 13,000 reported cases and 4,800 deaths. Some imported and locally acquired cases in health care workers have also been reported in the United States. As…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Poll: Ebola Was a Bigger Story Than the Midterms

For The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank, Drew Altman discusses what the public was more concerned about in November: Ebola or the results of the midterm elections.

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