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Kaiser Family Foundation Launches Daily Global Health Policy Report and Policy Tracking Tool As Part of New Web Gateway Focusing on U.S. Global Health Policy
Date:4/27/2009

New Report Details the Structure and Funding Of U.S. Global Health Programs

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With attention to global health rising on the U.S. policy agenda in recent years, the Kaiser Family Foundation today launched a set of new resources providing U.S. policymakers, non-governmental organizations, journalists and others working in the global health arena with timely information, including daily news summaries, a policy tracker tool, and original research and analysis.

The new Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report synthesizes daily coverage from more than 200 news sources pertaining to U.S. policy discussions and debates on global health, including relevant news from around the world. The daily report will cover HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, nutrition, water and sanitation, polio, and maternal and child health, as well as funding, financing and health systems.

The Foundation also issued a new report, The U.S. Government's Global Health Policy Architecture: Structure, Programs and Funding, that provides the first comprehensive look at the U.S. government agencies and programs involved in the nation's global health response, including their funding and their approaches. Building on the report, the Kaiser Global Health Policy Tracker provides a single reference point to monitor the latest information on Congressional and administrative action on global health. Users of this online tool will be able to track the status of key legislation, policies and programs, government reports and other resources with links to supporting materials such as full bill texts and relevant Congressional committee information.

These free resources will anchor a new global health section of the Foundation's main Web site, kff.org, created to reflect the U.S. government's growing involvement in health in low- and middle-income countries. Federal funding for such initiatives reached $9.6 billion in fiscal year 2008, more than double the amount just four years earlier.

"With U.S. policy playing a major role in confronting global health threats, these new resources bring basic facts, research and other information to the policy debates surrounding these issues," Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman said.

Accessible at http://globalhealth.kff.org , the Foundation's new global health gateway will present non-partisan policy analysis and background information on the U.S. role in global health issues similar to what Kaiser provides on domestic health policy issues. The gateway and related resources are supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Elements of the gateway include:

  • Direct access to Kaiser's Global Health Facts database providing country-level data on more than 100 indicators across global health conditions, demographics, health systems and program financing. The data can be displayed in tables, charts and color-coded maps.
  • Fact sheets on key issues related to the U.S. role in global health issues, including malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS. Future fact sheets will cover other parts of the U.S. global health portfolio and major U.S. government global health initiatives.
  • A global health calendar with upcoming Congressional hearings, government briefings, and other events related to the U.S. global health policy agenda.
  • A library with key charts and graphics related to U.S. global policy, which can easily be turned into slideshows for downloading or printing.
  • A global health glossary that defines more than 160 key terms and acronyms frequently used in global health policy discussions.

Next month, the Foundation will release a comprehensive survey of the American public's beliefs and opinions about the role of the U.S. in efforts to improve health for people in developing countries. This survey will serve as a baseline for ongoing efforts to assess and track attitudes towards global health priorities and U.S. global health efforts. It includes questions about whether, why and how the U.S. should respond to global health challenges, as well as trend questions about the U.S. role in addressing the global HIV/AIDS epidemic that the Foundation has tracked for several years.

The Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report is available via email, http://www.kff.org/email, and RSS, http://globalhealth.kff.org/Feeds.aspx. Interested parties may also sign up for periodic emails about new U.S. global health policy reports and events.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues.


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