Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Survey found pregnant women in Puerto Rico concerned about spread of Zika, took some, but not consistent or comprehensive precautions

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By August 2016 the connection between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and severe debilitating neurological birth defects among infants had been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention four months earlier, and experts had termed the spread of the virus in Puerto Rico “explosive.” The needs to confront the virus effectively on […]

It’s time for a new question in disease outbreaks

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The following is a guest post by Brittany Iskarpatyoti, MPH, of MEASURE Evaluation. Diseases are not blind to gender. Many of them biologically prefer or are more in contact with one sex over another: be it male rice field workers occupationally exposed to leptospirosis[i] or school-age girls exposed to schistosomiasis when fetching water.[ii] Unfortunately, the […]

Global gag rule spelled out, restricting services, support and resources, turning recipients into enforcers across the foreign aid spectrum

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The foreign-aid restricting policy known as the Global Gag Rule for its intended impact on medical services offered to women in resource-limited countries, re-emerged this week in its new, sweeping form with restrictions to funding and activities of a greatly expanded range of health, and health-related service providers spelled out in detail in USAID’s Standard Provisions for […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]

While understanding of DRC Ebola outbreak unfolds and highlights the continuing challenge of unknowns, responses demonstrate progress

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Pending regulatory, ethics approvals in-country, DRC government, WHO and MSF preparing to offer investigational vaccine to contacts, including healthworkers, frontline teams Suspected cases all found in single health zone, WHO regional office reports A month after the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have begun, knowledge of where, […]

U.S. global health leadership more critical to security, stability and prosperity than ever, National Academy of Science report argues

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As priorities shift under new administration, report makes case that foreign assistance in U.S. interests, but requires improved efficiencies, sustainability In a report written with an eye to a new administration’s views on the value of foreign aid, and released Monday, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine makes a case that U.S. global […]

GeneXpert technology “a gold standard” to monitor Ebola risks among survivors

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The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was waning in March 2015, when a new patient highlighted the danger that virus lingering in the semen of men who had recovered from the illness could continue to be transmitted months after the crisis had been declared over. The case of the patient, whose only exposure had been […]

Where harm reduction policies went up, hepatitis C incidence went down, study finds

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In a study tracking numbers of new infections of hepatitis C and rates of sharing syringes among people injecting drugs over two and a half decades, differences in infection trends emerged across cities in North America, Australia and the Netherlands, researchers report in a recent Clinical Infectious Diseases. While rates of new infections remained high […]

Future of global health funding uncertain during time of great need, panelists say

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While lawmakers have indicated they may reject cuts to U.S. global health funding, the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Institutes for Health, among other agencies, “should be looked at as a clear direction of where U.S. policy towards global health is going,” Jen Kates of the […]