President Obama demonstrates support for malaria in FY15 budget request

On Tuesday, March 4, the White House released the President’s FY15 budget request, offering a glimpse at what may be in store for upcoming global health funding levels.

Photo Tom LohdanThe President’s request kept overall funding for international affairs more or less the same as the FY14 level, but many State global health programs saw cuts. Malaria is one of the few programs that received a slight increase in budget, with a request of $674 million—$9 million more than the actual $665 million received in 2014 and 1.4 percent more than the President allotted in his FY14 budget request.

The request for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was $1.35 billion, which is the maximum amount that the US government can currently give in order to be in line with the requirement that US contributions do not exceed 33 percent of total contributions from all donors. The request also left room for an additional $300 million in funding for the Global Fund through a new Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative, which Congress must still approve. The Global Fund was very pleased with this year’s request, and thanked the President for continued support.

Slight variation in amounts still may occur, as funding totals from USAID, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services have yet to be received. To see a complete breakdown of global health accounts, and get the most up-to-date information as it is released, check out the Kaiser Family Foundation’s budget analysis.

 

Photo: Tom Lohdan

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