Kaiser Family Foundation breaks down FY16 budget request – After the release of the President’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 Monday, this analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation broke down the difference between it and final enacted funding for fiscal year 2015 in a chart for quick reference that will be updated as more information on global health funding through USAID, Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense becomes available.
Bill would prioritize LGBT rights as part of U.S. foreign policy – A White House overview of the administration’s budget proposal released Monday cites resources for the creation of an “impact fund” to support targeted HIV/AIDS responses. Presumably that would include efforts to reach populations currently missing out on prevention and treatment outreach because of the rights restrictions that come with the criminalized status of gay, lesbian and transgender people in many of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic. The International Human Rights Defense Act, reintroduced into both houses of Congress last week by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) could add support for those efforts. Read here why an infectious diseases physician voiced his support for the bill when it was introduced last year.
Obama budget seeks big boost for science – For global health advocates disappointed in the flat funding and cuts for, respectively international HIV responses and TB responses in the White House budget released yesterday, increases in research funding, including towards an HIV cure, for research on emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, to combat antibiotic resistance, and to speed surveillance and responses to infectious diseases worldwide, provided the bright spot. This article in Nature breaks down the research request, but also notes why the bright spot in the budget that it provides, which also includes attention to climate change, clean energy and food safety “is almost certain to be dimmed, if not extinguished.” The answer is politics, but the article also notes some hope that Congress might be persuaded to lift sequestration spending limits.
Science and “an unhealthy skepticism” – This article, which focuses on the “delicate issue,” of the latest measles outbreak for politicians who put public sentiment over science, also highlights politicians’ flawed and dangerous responses to the West Africa Ebola outbreak that included calls for strict quarantines of health responders and others potentially exposed to the virus.