With a budget on the table that leaves science and lives around the world vulnerable, we’re reading about impacts and a better way

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Fund global health: Save lives and money – Comparing the costs of emergency responses to Zika and Ebola to the relatively miniscule, roughly $70 million budget of the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, this letter from physician researchers — at Yale University, in Liberia, in Florida, and in Maryland argues against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to global health research, training, and responses, saying that we confront public health threats and protect our own health more economically when we do it proactively.

In global health modest cuts do major damage – Starting with the appeal to American morality with which President George W. Bush launched U.S. leadership against HIV globally, and moving on to the numbers, of preventable illnesses and deaths and continued spread of disease allowed to occur under even the smallest cuts to current effective efforts,  Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria president Chris Collins, speaks up in this Hill commentary about the dire, and relatively overlooked threat to U.S. standing, success, and security posed by White House plans to slash international disease responses.

On the front lines of Russia’s ‘staggering’ HIV epidemic – Is this the future of American efforts at home and abroad? This look at Russia’s HIV epidemic details what happens when policy and resources don’t respond to clear and present threats, and evidence-based responses are shunned.

Global gag rule expected to hit safe abortion contraception rates in Nigeria – This piece supplies a close look at the deadly impacts on the ground of aid restrictions shaped in Washington as the “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy.

America’s hidden HIV epidemic – Noting that “Black America . . . never got a Pepfar,” or any other appropriate federal response when the threats posed by the American epidemic to the nation’s already most marginalized and abandoned citizens became clear, this powerful piece by Linda Villarosa tells why we are losing the war against HIV at home.

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