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 […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Tillerson hearing touches on development, disease responses

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He praised the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, noting the program’s measurable impacts, while calling it “remarkable,” “extraordinary” and “a model” and “a marvelous way to send the message of the compassion of the American people.” He commended the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its response to the 2014-2015 Ebola crisis. […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions gets three new members

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The HELP Committee oversees most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Aging, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research […]

The 115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Appropriations gets new members with range of stances, involvement in disease responses

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) – The junior Senator from Florida, Sen. Rubio joined the Senate in 2010, having represented his Miami district in the Florida state legislature from 2000 to 2008. Sen. Rubio will continue to serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the fourth consecutive Congress and on its Subcommittee on Africa and […]

115th Congress and Global Health: Senate Foreign Relations gets four new members

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Included in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s oversight is the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. On January 11, the Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be the next Secretary of State. The new members of the committee are: Sen. Rob […]

We’re reading about a year of Zika responses, new outbreaks on the horizon, and why the only certainty is the need to meet the next challenges faster and better

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Zika Virus – 10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities – From last January, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control issued its first warnings to pregnant women on travel to Zika-endemic areas, to July when the agency for the first time warned against travel to a destination within the continental […]

Rural Cameroon study indicates need to double HIV treatment success, monitor outcomes in west, central Africa to control epidemic

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Researchers cite critical need for stronger capacities in remote areas to find treatment resistance, failure The numbers of people who are receiving antiretroviral treatment HIV in remote rural areas of west and central Africa for whom that treatment is succeeding is about half of what it needs to be to achieve control of the epidemic by United Nations 90-90-90 goals, researchers […]