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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.

Budget Tracker

This resource provides regularly updated information on U.S. government funding for global health. It includes historical trends and tracks funding levels throughout the appropriations process. Data can be customized by U.S. Agency, Program Area, and Initiative.

AIDS 2014: What Happened and What’s Next?

On August 7, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a briefing to assess the major outcomes of the 2014 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), held from July 20-25 in Melbourne, Australia. The discussion touched on the latest scientific developments; the current funding climate for…

August 7 Event: AIDS 2014: What Happened and What’s Next?  

The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a briefing to assess the major outcomes of the 2014 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), held from July 20-25 in Melbourne, Australia. The discussion touched on the latest scientific developments; the current funding climate for the AIDS response;…

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…

TB Silent Killer: FRONTLINE Documentary and Panel Discussion

The Kaiser Family Foundation convened a public forum to take stock of the global health challenge presented by TB, to examine the limitations and challenges of current treatment options, their limitations and challenges, and to discuss the search for new and better TB drugs and other tools. The event began with a screening of a short segment of a new FRONTLINE television documentary, TB Silent Killer, which focuses on the Southern African nation of Swaziland, the country with the world’s highest incidence of TB, and delivers a portrait of the people living at the pandemic’s epicenter.

CANCELLED: March 17 Event: U.S. Global Health Diplomacy and the Role of Ambassadors

The Kaiser Family Foundation is hosting a panel discussion of U.S. Ambassadors to look at how diplomacy intersects with global health, how the U.S. government’s new focus on global health diplomacy is reshaping the work of U.S. Ambassadors with partner countries, and how the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy relates to and coordinates with other parts of the U.S. government’s global health architecture and foreign policy.

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