Category Archives: Transition 2017

House subcommittee spending bills save Fogarty, reject radical Trump global health cuts

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Subcommittees post bills that subcommittees will weigh today With a $1.1 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health as well as an NIH budget that includes $73 million for the Fogarty International Center, and continued funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief at current levels, the two House funding […]

From welcome support for vaccines to questionable support for the “science” of anti-aging, we’re reading about Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, newly named to lead the CDC

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Brenda Fitzgerald – Meet Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a Fellow in Anti-Aging Medicine, with three decades of medical practice behind her, according to her bio on the Georgia DPH website. With a record of supporting the value of vaccinations and high […]

Trump plan would limit PEPFAR “epidemic control” efforts to 12 countries

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Remember the days when the antiretroviral medicine that saved the lives of people living with HIV — and that would later be proven to prevent transmission of the virus — was provided to the people who needed it only in countries that could afford it? That past, when lines between life and death followed the […]

“The impact of Fogarty training has been extraordinary, and we really need to continue”

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On a day when partisan rancor over domestic health policy escalated with the release of the Senate version of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services found themselves on comfortable common ground once again as they considered the Trump Administration proposal to […]

Slashing NIH budget by double digits won’t affect medical research, Price claims

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“Whenever a budget is released, the most common question asked in Washington is ‘how much?’ How much money does the budget spend on this program, how much does it cut from that other program? As a former legislator, I understand the importance of this question. But too often, it’s treated as the only question worth […]

When Senators question Tillerson on global health impacts of State Department cuts, numbers speak louder than words

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“Throughout my career, I have never believed, nor have I ever experienced, that the level of funding devoted to a goal is the most important factor in achieving it . . .” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared that philosophy with skeptical U.S. Senators Tuesday, on the same day a new analysis […]

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, […]

Expanded global gag rule restricting services to women will affect about $8.8 billion in U.S. funding for global health, disease responses

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With a new policy titled “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” the United States will restrict its international support for a broad array of medical services and disease responses that include HIV prevention and treatment, maternal and child health interventions, malaria care and control, Zika monitoring, surveillance, diagnosis, and more, the Department of State announced […]

We’re reading about USAID nominee Mark Green: Former Tanzania ambassador, Congressman, WorldTeach volunteer

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With an “America First” budget outline proposing massive cuts to foreign aid, global health and international medical research collaborations on the table, the Trump administration’s pick for the next head of USAID faces a landscape strewn with unpredictable challenges. With overseas exposure that began with a volunteer stint in Kenya, a term on the House […]

We’re reading about pandemic preparedness (or lack thereof) and why global health is local health

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Cutting collaborations will not put “America first” – This commentary in Nature by a Syrian pulmonologist whose 2001 Fogarty funded research advanced understanding of a health-impacting trend in his country and in the United States, highlights the cross border benefits of the Center’s international scientific collaborations more directly and succinctly than anything I’ve read so far. […]