Global Health Budget Tracker Eases Funding Analysis

In August 2014, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) launched a new interactive tracking tool designed to provide the latest data on the U.S. government’s global health funding budget in an easy-to-use format. The U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker is a regularly updated tool that enables users to monitor the entire budget process and budget trends, from the President’s budget request through the appropriations process in Congress, with dates ranging from 2006 to 2015. The tool tracks funding data for program areas such as HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Global Fund, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Family Planning and Reproductive Health, and Malaria.

The user-friendly tracker has four menus from which to view funding information. Users can click on the Fiscal Year (FY) Snapshot (FY appropriations status), Agency, Program Area, and/or Initiative menus. Funding information is calculated in U.S. million dollar increments for each category.

Each page of the four menus has unique filter data features. The FY Snapshot contains a legislative financial comparison feature that allows users to analyze the difference in millions spent by the House and Senate and the difference between those amounts and the requested funding amount.

The Agency function breaks down what each federal agency, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Department of Defense (DOD), has allowed or will allow for each program area. For example, in FY 2015, USAID requested $330 million for HIV and $14.5 million for Vulnerable Children (VC) programs. Users may also choose all agencies’ budget data to compare in one window.

The Program Area highlights the dollar amounts certain agencies have funded or will fund per each global health problem. For FY 2015, using the same program areas as above, the DOD has not budgeted any funding for HIV, while overall agency requests for HIV funding in 2015 total approximately $4.9 billion. Overall agency requests for VC remained at $14.5 million.

The federal Initiative menu provides cumulative amounts for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) budgets for HIV and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) budgets, which can be customized by either using a sliding scale to view varying time ranges between 2006 and 2015 or by selecting a two-year comparative button.

Each Agency and Initiative page provides informative historical background at the bottom of the page. The tracking tool is up and running. Those interested in U.S. health budget analysis should find the tool useful.