Today, President Obama released his request for the FY2011 U.S. budget (you can view the President’s full budget here). The Administration requested $58.5 billion for the international affairs budget (the 150 account) —an increase of $6.1 billion over FY2010 levels– including key investments in global agriculture and a more comprehensive approach to improving global health, including efforts to fight neglected tropical diseases and improvements to maternal and child health.
However, the President’s requests for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and for PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) are disappointing. The Administration also missed an opportunity to make greater strides against childhood mortality with only a modest increase in spending for immunizations, at a moment when new vaccines are ready to save lives through the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI).
ONE has taken a close look and provided detailed analysis on how the budget request performs in key poverty fighting accounts. Keep checking back for these posts, which will be going up shortly.