How does the U.S. support global health?
United States foreign assistance programs are an integral part of a broader U.S. foreign policy that aims to build a more secure world by fostering healthy, productive, and stable societies around the world, particularly in developing countries.1 The current U.S. National Security Strategy highlights the importance of meeting basic human needs, in which pursuing a comprehensive global health strategy, promoting food security, and leading efforts to address humanitarian crises, are identified as pillars. Additionally, it emphasizes supporting the rights of women and girls and improving maternal and child health, and links to national security.
The U.S. government funds global health programs through a variety of accounts located within the budgets of the Department of State under the International Affairs (Function 150) Account and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
1 The White House. Celebrate, Innovate, and Sustain: Toward 2015 and Beyond. The United States’ Strategy for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals. July 2010.