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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." Institute of Medicine. 2009. The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the Public and Private Sectors. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12642.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." Institute of Medicine. 2009. The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the Public and Private Sectors. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12642.
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Appendix A Statement of Task The IOM will convene a consensus committee to examine the case for why multiple elements of American society should invest in global health, what areas need the most attention, and how best to accomplish the ultimate objective. The final report will highlight the committee’s consensus on the most sig- nificant global health challenges, address the case for a deeper commitment to global health and associated aspects of human development by Americans, and communicate specific conclusions and recommendations that would pertain to not only the government in general and individuals of variable economic means, but also the public health and scientific research communities, the multinational commercial sector, the diplomatic and national security communities, the media, new and established foundations, a range of elements from the university commu- nity, and nongovernmental organizations to include faith-based and international service organizations (e.g., Rotary). Prior to the release of the final report, the committee will offer to the above stakeholders an evidence-based vision for the U.S. government that highlights specific short-, medium-, and long-term goals and objectives for the better imple - mentation of the U.S. global health enterprise. The committee will present this vision in a letter report, which will be released in December 2008 to coincide with the Presidential transition. The subsequently released report will extend the enumeration of short-, medium-, and long-term goals and objectives to other enti- ties potentially involved with the U.S. global health enterprise. The committee will consider a broader vision for global health to include a renewed recognition of public health and health systems issues. The broader vision of global health could include not only a range of acute and chronic dis - eases and the transnational economic aspects of global health, but also encompass 

 THE U.S. COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL HEALTH American interests from the perspective of diplomatic impact, humanitarian value, social justice, and global governance. An aspect of the charge to the IOM committee would also be to identify key advances, trends, and “lessons learned” since the 1997 America’s Vital Interest in Global Health report. As part of the study the committee would work with an external polling organization and commission a poll that would illuminate at least current patterns in American attitudes towards global health aid and identify those aspects which resonate particularly well with the public. A final and critical task would be to not only release a quality report, but also to disseminate it in a strategic fashion and at an important time in the national leadership cycle so as to have maximum impact. The target date for the release of the committee’s final report in pre-publication form will be April 2009.

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Health is a highly valued, visible, and concrete investment that has the power to both save lives and enhance the credibility of the United States in the eyes of the world. While the United States has made a major commitment to global health, there remains a wide gap between existing knowledge and tools that could improve health if applied universally, and the utilization of these known tools across the globe.

The U.S. Commitment to Global Health concludes that the U.S. government and U.S.-based foundations, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and commercial entities have an opportunity to improve global health. The book includes recommendations that these U.S. institutions

  • increase the utilization of existing interventions to achieve significant health gains;
  • generate and share knowledge to address prevalent health problems in disadvantaged countries;
  • invest in people, institutions, and capacity building with global partners;
  • increase the quantity and quality of U.S. financial commitments to global health;
  • and engage in respectful partnerships to improve global health.

In doing so, the U.S. can play a major role in saving lives and improving the quality of life for millions around the world.

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