Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

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 […]

Congress extends Continuing Resolution adding some funding to NIH, FDA through Cures Act

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Avoiding a government shutdown with just an hour to spare, the U.S. Senate late Friday night passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until April 28, 2017. The House had passed the bill, which maintains most federal programs at current funding levels, on Thursday. Many congressional Democrats argued to extend federal funding for the full […]

Examination of West Africa Ebola crisis highlights fault lines revealed in previous outbreaks, opportunities to expand knowledge

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The threat of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014 had been recognized about three months earlier when an unrelated outbreak began in an isolated village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that July, with markedly different impacts and outcomes. Contained by that November, the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo […]

Zika: An emergency evolves into an enduring public health threat with long-term demands

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“Many unknowns” continue to accompany the spread of the virus linked to neurological birth defects and Guillain Barre syndrome, while new questions surround funding for research, responses and the collateral damage of delays In Brazil, where the link between the Zika virus and babies born with microcephaly to women who had been infected during pregnancy […]

Project shows how to increase HIV treatment retention: Use the data you already have

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The following is a guest post by Kate Klein, Catherine Barker, Michelle Li, and Nena do Nascimento Surprisingly little emphasis is placed on retention in care compared to other issues in the HIV sphere. For example, at the recent 2016 International AIDS Conference, only two of more than 200 sessions focused on this topic; and […]

Can big data fill gaps in epidemic awareness, responses? Researchers say yes, with caveats

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With social media, cell phone logs, online news reports and electronic medical records, researchers say, “big data” is getting bigger, and can go where traditional infectious disease surveillance can’t . . . The more that was learned about how and where Ebola was spreading during the 2014-2015 crisis in West Africa, the more quickly it […]