We’re reading about a new WHO leader with a vision of health care for all, and a very different vision in the White House budget proposal

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The World Health Assembly election this week of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be the next Director General of the World Health Organization followed the release of the Trump administration’s budget proposal by one day. That led to overlapping discussions of two starkly irreconcilable views of the role that access to health care plays in a […]

Global gag rule spelled out, restricting services, support and resources, turning recipients into enforcers across the foreign aid spectrum

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The foreign-aid restricting policy known as the Global Gag Rule for its intended impact on medical services offered to women in resource-limited countries, re-emerged this week in its new, sweeping form with restrictions to funding and activities of a greatly expanded range of health, and health-related service providers spelled out in detail in USAID’s Standard Provisions for […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]

While understanding of DRC Ebola outbreak unfolds and highlights the continuing challenge of unknowns, responses demonstrate progress

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Pending regulatory, ethics approvals in-country, DRC government, WHO and MSF preparing to offer investigational vaccine to contacts, including healthworkers, frontline teams Suspected cases all found in single health zone, WHO regional office reports A month after the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have begun, knowledge of where, […]

U.S. global health leadership more critical to security, stability and prosperity than ever, National Academy of Science report argues

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As priorities shift under new administration, report makes case that foreign assistance in U.S. interests, but requires improved efficiencies, sustainability In a report written with an eye to a new administration’s views on the value of foreign aid, and released Monday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine makes a case that U.S. global […]

Biomedical research benefits bring House members, NIH leaders together

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In the face of a proposal by the Trump administration to cut funding for the National Institutes of Health by nearly a quarter with an $8 billion drop, House members hold a hearing that covers “from AIDS to Zika,” the “Cancer Moonshot,” the quest for a universal flu vaccine, how researchers working in their own […]

Expanded global gag rule restricting services to women will affect about $8.8 billion in U.S. funding for global health, disease responses

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With a new policy titled “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” the United States will restrict its international support for a broad array of medical services and disease responses that include HIV prevention and treatment, maternal and child health interventions, malaria care and control, Zika monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, and more, the Department of State announced […]

As an Ebola outbreak raises unmet challenges, we’re reading how politics drives public health

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While the World Health Organization’s announcement of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo raised appropriate alarm, the recognition of and response to the disease following nine cases of illness with three deaths over the last several weeks represent some degree of progress. The outbreak is the eighth in the country that was […]

We’re reading about USAID nominee Mark Green: Former Tanzania ambassador, Congressman, WorldTeach volunteer

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With an “America First” budget outline proposing massive cuts to foreign aid, global health and international medical research collaborations on the table, the Trump administration’s pick for the next head of USAID faces a landscape strewn with unpredictable challenges. With overseas exposure that began with a volunteer stint in Kenya, a term on the House […]

Study projects drug-resistant tuberculosis transmissions to climb in four countries

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Using data on outcomes and impacts of tuberculosis across four countries with some of the highest rates of the disease, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found indications that person-to-person transmission will drive rising rates of TB that does not respond to treatments of first and second resort over the […]