White House budget recognizes global health threats with words, but not dollars with massive cuts to HHS, State Department, USAID

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“U.S. efforts to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic are a direct reflection of U.S. leadership abroad and the goodwill, compassion, and generosity of the American people.” President’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 The U.S. State Department and USAID would get $25.8 billion — a cut of $9 billion, or 26 percent from the level enacted […]

State Department Global Gag Rule “review” focuses on training, compliance measures

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“Given the expansive nature of the new policy, the Department will undertake a thorough and comprehensive review of the effectiveness and impact of the policy’s application over the next six months, which could include identifying implementation issues, and any other new information affecting implementation going forward. Newly covered programs, including PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative, […]

What we’re reading: A CDC director’s conflicts, Trump administration global health impacts a year in, and a Global Gag Rule update

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CDC Director Resigns – “a large, complicated stock portfolio that included hundreds of thousands of dollars in investments . . .[in] tobacco companies . . . as well as a number of pharmaceutical stocks” was too much baggage for new CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to carry while overseeing national and global public health endeavors. Politico, […]

WHO Executive Board Meeting: HHS Global Affairs leader cites need to increase investments in worldwide health emergency preparedness

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GENEVA – Staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and USAID made it here despite the current U.S. government office shutdown, and are participating in the 142nd World Health Organization Executive Board session, which kicked off today at WHO headquarters in […]

Shutdown? Or situation? . . . due to the whadyacallit, “the information on this site may not be current . . .”

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In the wake of reports that the Department of Health and Human Services issued recent “style guidelines” advising agency staffers crafting budget proposals to avoid certain words, it was a comfort to note that at least when funding fails altogether, the wording is wide open . . . The “situation” For the Department itself, the […]

2017: A year of challenges and change in global infectious disease responses

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As international efforts to counter worldwide health challenges that include antimicrobial resistance and infectious disease surveillance began to gather force at the end of 2016, a transition in U.S. global health leadership was underway — from a president who ushered in the “Global Health Initiative” (it fizzled out) and the Global Health Security Agenda (off […]

Vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, science-based . . .

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Whether banned or simply avoided, physicians, scientists, policy makers and medical writers say dodging words leads to inaccurate discussion of public and global health needs  . . . How do you discuss the urgency of preventing the most devastating impacts of Zika virus without using the word fetus? How do you focus efforts to control […]

Study of Zika impacts on infants shows needs for long-term planning, resources

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A little more than two years after Brazilian health authorities began to note a steep rise in microcephaly incidence among children born in areas affected by an outbreak of Zika, a study involving 19 of those children found evidence of disabilities and severe development delays that will require a range of social and medical services, […]

Ebola stories highlight global health security needs, efforts, progress in emerging infections detection, prevention, response

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In 2014, as international health leaders and policy makers launched the Global Health Security Agenda to meet increasingly urgent needs to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks around the world, the emergence of the Ebola crisis in West Africa underscored the immediacy of their mission. Spreading from a forest in Guinea to sweep […]

Report shows 1 in 10 medicines in low-and middle income countries are substandard, falsified

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Antibiotics and antimalarial drugs are most frequently reported as substandard and falsified to the World Health Organization’s Global Surveillance and Monitoring system for such medical products, according to a WHO report released this week. The report estimates that one in ten medical products in low- and middle-income countries either fail to meet quality standards or […]