U.S. Cuts to Global Health Budget “Mass-scale Malpractice”

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.

While some are suggesting that the automatic reductions, known here as the “sequester”, could set back health-related research and outcomes by a generation, others are warning that NGOs and project implementers, long working on the assumption that the cutbacks would be averted, are now finding themselves massively underprepared for how to operate on slashed budgets.

“While these budget cuts would affect a huge number of national and international programmes, global health is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk,” Ali Escalante, a volunteer with the ONE campaign, an advocacy group, told IPS.

– See more at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/u-s-cuts-to-global-health-budget-mass-scale-malpractice/#sthash.Yz6Mh7hk.dpuf

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.

While some are suggesting that the automatic reductions, known here as the “sequester”, could set back health-related research and outcomes by a generation, others are warning that NGOs and project implementers, long working on the assumption that the cutbacks would be averted, are now finding themselves massively underprepared for how to operate on slashed budgets.

“While these budget cuts would affect a huge number of national and international programmes, global health is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk,” Ali Escalante, a volunteer with the ONE campaign, an advocacy group, told IPS.

– See more at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/u-s-cuts-to-global-health-budget-mass-scale-malpractice/#sthash.Yz6Mh7hk.dpuf

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.

While some are suggesting that the automatic reductions, known here as the “sequester”, could set back health-related research and outcomes by a generation, others are warning that NGOs and project implementers, long working on the assumption that the cutbacks would be averted, are now finding themselves massively underprepared for how to operate on slashed budgets.

“While these budget cuts would affect a huge number of national and international programmes, global health is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk,” Ali Escalante, a volunteer with the ONE campaign, an advocacy group, told IPS.

– See more at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/u-s-cuts-to-global-health-budget-mass-scale-malpractice/#sthash.Yz6Mh7hk.dpuf

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.

While some are suggesting that the automatic reductions, known here as the “sequester”, could set back health-related research and outcomes by a generation, others are warning that NGOs and project implementers, long working on the assumption that the cutbacks would be averted, are now finding themselves massively underprepared for how to operate on slashed budgets.

“While these budget cuts would affect a huge number of national and international programmes, global health is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk,” Ali Escalante, a volunteer with the ONE campaign, an advocacy group, told IPS.

– See more at: http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/02/u-s-cuts-to-global-health-budget-mass-scale-malpractice/#sthash.Yz6Mh7hk.dpuf

Public health workers, activists and policymakers are stepping up a last-minute campaign to highlight the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts to the U.S. federal budget due to go into effect Friday if Congress doesn’t act.

While some are suggesting that the automatic reductions, known here as the “sequester”, could set back health-related research and outcomes by a generation, others are warning that NGOs and project implementers, long working on the assumption that the cutbacks would be averted, are now finding themselves massively underprepared for how to operate on slashed budgets.

“While these budget cuts would affect a huge number of national and international programmes, global health is one of the few in which people’s lives are actually at risk,” Ali Escalante, a volunteer with the ONE campaign, an advocacy group, told IPS.

Source: Inter Press Service (link opens in a new window)

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