Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

In wake of proposed cuts, physician scientists present HIV, TB research, response, results

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A few days after the White House released an outline of budget priorities, that included a nearly 20 percent cut to medical research funding, and elimination of the global health study supporting Fogarty International Center, four physician scientists who have dedicated their careers to fighting HIV and tuberculosis came to Capitol Hill to talk about […]

Trump “America First” budget plan proposes deep cuts to science, services, support systems abroad — and at home

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With a document short on detail, but sweeping in its proposals to reduce resources for longstanding programs, the President Trump releases “A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“ In a “skinny” budget proposal with vast implications for medical research and public health at home and abroad the Trump administration today outlined a plan of government spending […]

Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

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It’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […]

USAID amends guidelines with first phase of “global gag rule” — just in time for International Women’s Day

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USAID’s celebration of International Women’s Day Wednesday included the release of a statement noting that when women and girls “are empowered to make decisions related to their health, infant deaths decline, nutrition improves, agricultural productivity rises, population growth slows, economies expand and cycles of poverty are broken.” By then, however, the agency’s Standard Provisions for […]

PEPFAR 2017 Report to Congress tells a success story at its halfway point

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From the handful of people — 50,000 — across Africa with access to life-saving treatment for HIV in 2003,  to more than 18 million today, the chronology of U.S. leadership against the pandemic that was filling graveyards, orphaning infants, and decimating the continent’s most productive population, when President George W. Bush signed the legislation creating […]

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 […]

PEPFAR releases 2017 guidance draft, with Jan. 9 deadline for civil society feedback

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With a 10-day window for feedback, the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator released a draft of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief 2017 Guidance for Country and Regional Operation Plans on the last work day of 2016 and is inviting civil society and others with a stake in its success to read it and […]

Global Health Security Agenda measures early advances toward readiness to contain outbreaks

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“None of this works if you’ve got a hole in the net . . .” Last year, an international partnership that includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, as well as donors and agencies from Canada and European countries, and health officials in countries around […]

Columbia study finds Zika-related microcephaly risk appears greatest in early pregnancy

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In early August 2015, Columbia’s national health service began to collect what would add up over the year that followed to about 105,000 reports of suspected Zika virus infections, with close to 20,000 of those among pregnant women. Six months later, health officials began to collect reports of a steeply climbing number of babies born […]