The Trump Budget Proposal and Population Health

By Thomas Bauer Moderator | 20 Mar, 2017

The blue print of the first USA President Trumps budget has raised concerns on many fronts. According to the attached article "The proposed budget would “cripple” science and technology “through short-sighted cuts,” said Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science."

“Biomedical research is not something you can toggle on and toggle off,” said Dr. Landon King, executive vice dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “The disruption and uncertainty this introduces into the progression of existing work or the initiation of new work is extraordinarily threatening.”

If these changes are implemented, how will they affect the ability of health care professionals ability to meet the global health needs of the patients we serve?

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Gonzo Manyasi Replied at 10:11 AM, 23 Mar 2017

I concur with Bernie Sanders' summation of it as being morally obscene!! Of
great concern globally.

Thomas Bauer Moderator Replied at 12:27 PM, 29 Mar 2017

The White House budget proposed a $5.8 billion cut in funding to the National Institutes of Health would have the most significant impact on higher education. Roughly 80 percent of NIH’s budget supports grants to 300,000 researchers at universities across the country. How will these changes in enacted affect Americas roll as one of leading edge research in the advance of medical science? How will it impact global crisis like the ebola crisis?

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nohemie mawaka Replied at 2:01 PM, 29 Mar 2017

Although I am one to completely disagree with Trump's dictatorship, and discriminatory approach in his leadership to 'make America great again', the budget cut it does make us wonder, if Global Health has been far too dependent on American funds? If so, is that okay? On one hand we criticize the U.S for having far too power/voice and top-down approach in global health decisions, which undermines the sovereignty of low-income governance and populations, but then we advocate for funding to keep coming from the U.S?
And, does the structure of foreign aid (global health included) has created a dependency, that is not sustainable nor beneficial to low-income countries, therefore Trump budget cuts may force the structure of global health to adopt more sustainable aid mechanisms?

I'm interested in hearing more arguments from that angle?

nohemie mawaka Replied at 2:02 PM, 29 Mar 2017

For more on my input in regards to Trump's influence on Global Health

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