Monthly Archives: January 2017

115th Congress and Global Health: House Appropriations gets new Chair, while Rogers assumes leadership of State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes seat held by Rogers since 2011 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) – A New Jersey Representative starting his 12th term in Congress, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes over leadership of the House Appropriations Committee as former Chair Hal Rogers’ leadership term ends. He is the second-longest serving Republican on the committee. While critical […]

What we’re reading: Controlling Ebola, confronting drug-resistant TB

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Impact of Increasing the Number of Ebola Surveillance Officers – When the West Africa Ebola outbreak came to Sierra Leone’s Kambia district  in September 2014, three public health workers handled disease surveillance for the entire population of about 344,000 people and their task of investigating all suspected cases, isolating all confirmed cases, and tracing their […]

Transition 2017 . . . We’re reading reactions and questions on global health impacts

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One week into the Trump administration, memos, executive orders, a draft memorandum, and State Department resignations have raised questions about the immediate future of U.S. global health responses and results. We’re reading some of the reactions. The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned – While remaining unclear whether this was a reaction or […]

Stalled TB drug gets new chance with agreement between Johns Hopkins and UN-backed organization

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License agreement with Medicine Patent Pool will speed clinical development of drug considered promising for improved treatment of tuberculosis responsive and resistant to existing drugs With all regimens to treat tuberculosis requiring multiple drugs, and all but two of those drugs tracing their lineage to the middle of the last century, excitement was high in […]

Transition 2017: Hearings on Price for HHS Secretary conclude, with finance committee vote possible next week

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Senators question ACA replacement plan, biomedical investments, while groups opposing nominee also cite abortion, gay rights stances, membership in organization that has denied HIV causes AIDS Senate Finance Committee members Tuesday followed last week’s HELP Committee hearing on Health and Human Services Secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price with a renewed focus on the Atlanta Congressman’s […]

Transition 2017: A more sweeping global gag rule returns, as cabinet head hearings continue

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With executive order Trump reinstates, broadens scope of rule restricting speech, services of health providers receiving U.S. support With his signature Monday on a Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy, President Donald Trump instructed the yet-to-be installed heads of the departments of State, Health and Human Services and of USAID to ensure that no […]

Transition 2017: PEPFAR and Global Health, NIH leaders remain in place for now

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Senate committee to vote today on Secretary of State nominee Tillerson, while hearings continue on HHS nominee Price this week United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins are among the several dozen high-ranking department and agency officials asked to stay in their posts following the […]

Yellow fever, Zika, Ebola — We’re reading about outbreaks old and new, and the global response

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Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil – Brazil’s Ministry of Health reports dozens of deaths resulting from a yellow fever outbreak in Minas Gerais, a large, inland state with low yellow fever vaccine coverage. Because Minas Gerais is adjacent to the states of Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and other highly populated states with low vaccine […]

Trump administration should be ready for global infectious disease outbreaks from day one, panel says

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No matter how hard the Trump administration will try to focus solely on domestic issues to “make America great again,” Bill Steiger said last week at an event on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, a public health issue of international importance will arise that will demand the U.S. government’s attention. And investing in building up […]

President Obama leaves a global health legacy marked by science, strategy, progress, challenge

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“Few could have imagined that we’d be talking about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation, but we are. And we arrived here because of all of you and your unwavering belief that we can – and will – beat this disease.” President Barack Obama, Dec. 1, 2011 When President Barack Obama took office on […]