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Clean water, children’s wellbeing top global health concerns

Americans are most concerned about improving access to clean water, improving children’s health and fighting hunger when it comes to global health policy, according to a new survey.

The Kaiser Family Foundation ranked Americans’ concerns after asking about 13 different objectives in global health. 

{mosads}Fighting Ebola in West Africa was fourth on the list, with 44 percent calling it a “top priority,” followed by preventing and treating HIV and AIDS, which earned 39 percent support.

Improving access to family planning, and preventing and treating heart disease were least likely to be named as top priorities, with 25 percent and 26 percent support, respectively.

The poll reveals that fighting Ebola is among Americans’ top priorities but not their most important goal. The survey was conducted Dec. 2-9, 2014, after news coverage of the virus subsided in the United States.

About 7 in 10 Americans say global health spending helps protect the United States from diseases, though most overestimated the proportion of the U.S. budget that goes to foreign aid — 1 percent.


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