Category Archives: Transition 2017

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 […]

We’re reading about the Fogarty Center, after the Trump budget outline targets the half-century-old NIH international research arm for elimination

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Profile: NIH’s Fogarty International Center – A couple of years ago, this article in The Lancet described the widening scope and increasing impact of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, since it began to support medical training and research in 1968. “This concept of investing in training outstanding young investigators, both U.S. and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aid or ammunition? As Trump plans first budget, we’re reading about the security dividends of global health investments

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Trump’s budget entails steep cuts for diplomacy foreign aid – While this fiscal year’s $50.1 billion for the State Department and USAID represents just a little more than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, this AP piece cites sources saying the president’s proposal for next year would cut that by 37 percent. US foreign […]

115th Congress and Global Health: New Democrats for House State and Foreign Operations, Labor, Health and Human Services Subcommittees

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Rep. Nita Lowey’s announcement of Democrat Appropriations subcommittee membership introduces two Democrats  to the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and two to the Labor Health and Human Services and Education Subcommittee. House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee  Rep. David Price (D-NC) – Rep. Price joins the House Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations […]

Transition 2017: Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State after divided Senate vote

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The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State on Wednesday after a confirmation vote that saw the former chief executive of ExxonMobil receive more opposing votes than any other secretary of state nominee in American history. With a 56-43 vote, three Democrats and one independent joined all 52 Senate Republicans in confirming Tillerson […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Energy and Commerce gets new Chair, new leader and members for its Health Subcommittee

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Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) – Fresh after ensuring the House remained in Republican control after serving as chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Rep. Walden takes over as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee from Rep. Fred Upton, who stepped down due to term limits. Before he was elected to the House […]

115th Congress and Global Health: House Appropriations gets new Chair, while Rogers assumes leadership of State and Foreign Operations subcommittee

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Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes seat held by Rogers since 2011 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) – A New Jersey Representative starting his 12th term in Congress, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen takes over leadership of the House Appropriations Committee as former Chair Hal Rogers’ leadership term ends. He is the second-longest serving Republican on the committee. While critical […]