MSH Applauds Rep. Berman’s Leadership with Global Partnerships Act of 2012: Legislation Modernizes U.S. Foreign Assistance, Emphasizes Need for Strong Health Systems

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit global health organization with experience in over 100 countries, commends House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) for introducing the much-anticipated Global Partnerships Act of 2012 (GPA), HR 6644, today, a bill to replace the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which was enacted in a world very different from that of today. This legislation is the product of years of research and consultations with international affairs practitioners and experts and lays a strong foundation for streamlining and modernizing U.S. foreign assistance. Most notably, it changes international development and global health programs from an inputs-based system to one focused on achieving sustainable results.

“We are particularly pleased to see the global health component’s emphasis on the need to build strong local health systems,” said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President and CEO.

“This holistic approach recognizes the necessity of working closely with partner countries to build health systems that effectively tackle priority health needs. Skilled health workers are the backbone of any health system, so we welcome the legislation’s explicit support for the recruitment, training, retention, effectiveness ,and equitable distribution of skilled health workers,” said Dr. Quick. “We thank Rep. Berman and his staff for their leadership in this area and look forward to working with the new Congress to advance the key reforms included in this bill.”