The global health community responded with mixed reactions to the President’s FY 2014 budget request released by the White House on April 10. In total, funding requests for global health programs are higher than FY 2012 and FY 2013 levels, despite continuing to represent only slightly more than one percent of the federal budget.
Most notable is the slated 27 percent increase in the Global Fund’s budget from FY 2012 levels, raising the FY 2014 allotment to $1.65 billion. The request includes increases for several other programs, including malaria, maternal and child health, and family planning and reproductive health.
While some numbers demonstrate a commitment to improved global health, others raise serious concern. USAID funding for TB is to be cut by a devastating 19 percent. PEPFAR’s budget is proposed to shrink by 4 percent, bringing the budget down to $4.067 billion, the lowest it has been since FY 2007. Programs for vulnerable children and pandemic influenza are among various others that will take a hit in funding.
For a complete list of FY 2014 global health budget information, and the latest information on Congressional and Administrative action on global health, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Policy Tracker.