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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

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Global Health

This fact sheet describes the functions, governance, funding, and approach of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S.government corporation established to promote economic growth and poverty reduction by financing development efforts through country-led compacts in low and middle income countries, with a particular focus on MCC’s engagement in global health.

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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

The Global Malaria Epidemic

This fact sheet provides the latest data on the global malaria epidemic, including impact by region, prevention and treatment options, and the U.S. government response to the epidemic.

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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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Visualizing Health Policy: 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

The Challenge of Donor Coordination in Global Health – What’s At Stake? Briefing and Panel Discussion

Building on a series of reports examining the current landscape of global health donors and recipient countries on HIV, TB, malaria, and family planning/reproductive health, the Kaiser Family Foundation hosted a panel of experts to discuss the issue of donor coordination, including the role of the U.S. government.

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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

Budget Tracker: Status of U.S. Funding for Key Global Health Accounts

This resource provides regularly updated information on the status of U.S. funding for key global health programs throughout the budget and appropriations process. It includes a detailed breakdown of each major account as presented in the President’s budget request and in relevant appropriations bills as they proceed through Congress. It will be updated as needed. 



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