The following guest blog post is by David Bryden, the Stop TB Advocacy Officer at RESULTS. The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved an action plan Monday in response to recommendations made recently by the High-Level Independent Review Panel on Fiduciary Controls and Oversight Mechanism (HLP). The board stated [...]
The Senate will be crucial in the coming weeks as it considers the massive cuts in global health spending for fiscal year (FY) 2011, which the House is poised to pass late Friday. The Senate will also be the key to any effort to increase or even protect current funding for global health programs in [...]
There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.
A news report published Sunday by the Associated Press, claiming broad misuse of funds granted by The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, is causing quite a stir in the global health community and spurred a response from the Fund Monday.
The headline for the AP story – “Fraud plagues global health fund” – would appear to be misleading since the article and the Fund are discussing fraud affecting only a very small number of grants. The Fund is seeking recovery of $34 million in misused funds, which is 0.26 percent of Global Fund disbursements to date…
This article is a follow-up to an earlier post to Science Speaks exploring Republican members of the new Congress who are key players in global health policy and funding.
Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) are examined, including their voting records on key legislation such as whether or not they supported the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.
A tough political environment for global health funding
The new Congress brings about a number of important changes to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Subcommittee, which determines most of the funding levels for U.S. global health programs through the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee. Among other programs, this subcommittee plays a major role in determining annual funding levels for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program, global tuberculosis, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. It can also use the appropriations process to effect policy changes by conditioning the use of funds.
Data from a new WorldPublicOpinion.org/Knowledge Networks poll showing that Americans overestimate federal money devoted to foreign aid. Global health programs took a huge financial hit last week when the Senate failed to pass an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2011, mainly because of united Republican opposition and the need for a 60-vote supermajority. [...]
Despite uncertain funding, the Global Fund Board has decided to issue a call for proposals for Round 11, which will launch on Aug. 15, 2011 with a submission due date for applicants of Dec. 15, 2011. The board recently concluded its 22nd meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria. This is a later launch date than health advocates [...]
Some disappointing news has emerged from the Technical Review Panel (TRP), the body of experts that considers requests for resources from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Only 44 percent of the HIV proposals submitted for Round Ten were successful. In a pattern consistent with previous rounds, the TB proposals and the malaria proposals were much more successful, 54 and 79 percent respectively. (Note: These figures include resources for crosscutting health systems strengthening.)
The Global Center’s David Bryden reported from the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, last week in Berlin.
Tuberculosis is often thought of as a disease that mainly affects adults. However, at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Berlin, Dr. Anneke Hesseling of the Desmond Tutu TB Centre in South Africa presented some startling information showing that the level of infection among children is actually quite significant, and that TB is an important issue for maternal and child health advocates.