US Provides $40 Million To Tackle Infectious Diseases

Jan Piotrowski | SciDev.Net | March 11, 2014

Speed read

  • The initiative is intended to help 30 at-risk nations strengthen their defences
  • A further US$45 million will be available if Congress grants the president’s request
  • But there are calls for greater collaboration over global disease initiatives

Developing countries will receive extra support to prevent, detect and respond to health threats as the US government announced plans last month (13 February) to boost funding for nations at high risk from infectious disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — along with the Department of Defense — will dedicate a total of US$40 million from their 2014 budgets to capacity-building efforts. There is the possibility of an additional US$45 million in 2015 if the US Congress approves President Barack Obama’s request for the extra money.

Within five years, the CDC aims to help 30 at-risk nations cope with the “perfect storm of vulnerability”, Tom Frieden, the centre’s director, said during a press briefing preceding the announcement.