CDC Global Health and Zoonotic Infectious Disease

$1.1 billion*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

CDC’s work to advance disease detection, prevention, response, and research through the Center for Global Health and the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases is critical for preventing deadly, destabilizing epidemics abroad, and for protecting American and global health.

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Justification for Funding

  • CDC’s global immunization work has contributed to the 52% decline in global mortality for children under five, from 90 to 43 deaths per 1000 live births between 1990 and 2015.
  • CDC leads research in the development of urgently needed new tools and technologies for unmet health needs—such as diagnostics to identify diseases like Ebola and the bubonic plague.
  • CDC is a key partner in the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs, implementing programs on the ground, and accessing the efficacy of current health interventions.

Cost of Cuts Below $1.1 Billion

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  • Cut CDC’s technical support to as many as 25 PEPFAR countries that is required to sustain quality care and treatment for more than 3,500,000 existing patients and dramatically reduce the number of new patients receiving HIV treatment, leading to increased risk of global HIV infection.
  • Create significant setbacks in important progress achieved in towards eradication of polio virus in 2015-2017, at a global cost of $1 billion annually.
  • Lead to a complete withdrawal of CDC’s global TB expertise in India, Vietnam, and Kenya
  • Halt training of “disease detectives” in 15 priority countries, which will result in outbreaks that last  longer, spread further, and affect more people.
  • Nonrenewal of funds to implement the Global Health Security Agency will result in CDC reducing disease detection, prevention and response efforts from 39 countries of operation to 10 priority countries—a seventy four percent cut.


$1.3 billion

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Additional Funding

  • CDC’s work is critical for preventing deadly, destabilizing epidemics abroad and for protecting American and global health.
  • CDC helps lead the Global Health Security Agenda which builds capacity in 30 low- and middle-income countries to detect, prevent, and respond to global disease outbreaks and other health risks.
  • CDC’s global health security investments have helped reduce disease outbreak response time in Cameroon from 8 weeks to just 24 hours,
  • CDC’s work is critical for preventing deadly, destabilizing epidemics abroad and for protecting American and global health.
  • CDC’s Field Epidemiology Training Program has trained more than 31,000 epidemiologists in 72 countries on how to detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks, greatly contributing to Nigeria’s ability to contain the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Impact of 20% More Funding

CDC works 24/7 to protect Americans and save lives around the world by detecting and controlling outbreaks at their source.

  • More funding will grow global health protection and disease detection efforts, and prevent the roll back of CDC prevention, detection, and response efforts in 40 priority counties currently funded through emergency Ebola appropriations in support of the Global Health Security Agenda.
  • It would also grow CDC’s partnership in implementing PEPFAR and PMI, which is critical to expand the number of patients on HIV/AIDS treatment, grow the reach of currently availably malaria interventions, and increase evaluation and research and development to ensure interventions are effective and efficient.
  • Additional funding would strengthen CDC’s global tuberculosis program. Tuberculosis is the world’s leading infectious disease killer, and currently CDC has no formal funding stream to support this critically important global disease work.
  • Strengthen research to enhance identification of, response to, and prevention of diseases like rabies, bubonic plague, Ebola, Zika, and other pathogens that can spread between animals and humans.

* FY18 Senate-Approved Appropriation, of which $535.10 million Center for Global Health and $584.92 million for Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

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