1. The United States (US) Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan(1) announced on 15 May 2017 makes a commitment not to reduce overall US global health assistance. The United States pledge to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria remains stable for 2017-2019.
There is no information available on US funding cuts related to combatting pandemics. As pointed out in its reply to Written Question E-001401/2017, the Commission is also assessing ongoing and planned programmes with potential to benefit more women and girls with targeted interventions including reproductive health and family planning.
For instance in Afghanistan, the Commission is monitoring the situation regarding the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) — EU — World Bank funded health programme and the potential impact of a US bilateral funding cut on family planning and maternal health programmes.
2. In the absence of factual information on the programmes to be cut, it is too early to assess the US decision’s potential impact on the situation in the region.
3. According to the USAID(2), the budget cuts aim at refocusing USAID programs on US interests. The impact of this qualitative and quantitative policy shift will be assessed through the Commission’s continuous policy dialogue with partner countries on the best use of available public financial resources.