Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Re-emergence of human monkeypox highlights capacity gaps, global health security goals

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About six months ago, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought together researchers, ministries of health staff, global health program and policy leaders, and experts in pox viruses to discuss re-emergence of a disease that has been reported in more countries during the last decade than in the […]

Mixed reactions greet IAS announcement of San Francisco-Oakland as AIDS 2020 conference site

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The selection of San Francisco and Oakland to host the 23rd International AIDS Conference in 2020 speaks to the power of activism over despair, of science over fear, and of ambition over acceptance — at least to some of those, including Congressional representatives, advocacy organizations, and service providers, cheering the announcement released Tuesday. Or it […]

Getting gender into your science means more than “add women and stir”

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The following is a guest post by Jessica Fehringer, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation I’ve worked in research and with researchers for a while, and often I hear people say that it doesn’t make sense to address gender in their research. When we think about science, we think about proving or disproving a hypothesis. In other words, […]

Zero Discrimination also means quality care

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The following is a guest post by Katherine Andrinopoulos, PhD, MEASURE Evaluation, Tulane University This week, the United Nations observed Zero Discrimination Day, meant to promote equality before the law and in practice—including healthcare—throughout all member countries of the UN. In public health, we know that zero discrimination is essentially about fairness. It is fundamental […]

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 […]