Advocates urge US to maintain global health funds

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"Health research breakthroughs serve a remarkable humanitarian purpose and reap domestic rewards by creating U.S. jobs, spurring business activity, and engaging a range of partners," the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) said in the report.

"Cutting funding for global health and [research and development] programs would barely make a dent in reducing the U.S. federal deficit but would have a crippling impact on people's health and lives around the world."

The coalition called on policymakers to direct more focus toward neglected diseases, including creating a new office within the Food and Drug Administration office to coordinate related activities.

Read more from the report here.