Global health

Catholics have an obligation to speak out on issues affecting the poor and vulnerable worldwide. The United States can continue its moral leadership in global health by increasing funding for neglected tropical diseases through the USAID NTD program, which has delivered over one billion treatments for debilitating and disabling NTDs to over 465 million people over the past seven years. US support is critical to the effort to end the suffering caused by these diseases, and a funding increase would be well in line with Pope Francis' call for leaders to prioritize the needs of the poor and vulnerable in policy decisions.