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Study: Preventive infection-fighting drugs can cut deaths in people starting HIV treatment late

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In the era of World Health Organization guidelines recommending immediate antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV before the disease progresses, the reality in sub-Saharan Africa remains that up to 25 percent of patients who show up at clinics show up with extremely advanced illness, and that about 10 percent of them die soon after starting […]

Senate funding committees vote to boost NIH, global TB investments, maintain global and domestic health funding

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Senate appropriators today rejected budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration and voted to increase funding for biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion while maintaining current funding for virtually all global and domestic health programs. With details on the particulars still sketchy, the funding subcommittee appears to have rejected cuts […]

House Appropriations Committee maintains funding for most global health programs finalizing spending measures for floor action

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The House Appropriations Committee maintained funding for global HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other global health programs while cutting domestic and global family planning and reproductive health funding and accepting the President’s request for global health security in Wednesday’s full committee votes on bills funding domestic and global health programs for the fiscal year beginning October […]

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 […]

Mark Wainberg, 1945-2017

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The HIV community lost a leader and a champion with the death of Dr. Mark Wainberg Tuesday. The chair of the HIV Medicine Association, a producer of this blog, released a statement recognizing some of Dr. Wainberg’s contributions today, which we share here: The HIV community is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss […]

WHO prioritizes need for new antibiotics with list of bacteria posing greatest threats

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In the latest in a series of moves responding to the global health threats posed by spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the World Health Organization today released a list of “priority pathogens” calling for urgent and strongly supported research and development of new medicines to target the most dangerous among them. Guiding selection of bacteria making […]

What we’re reading: Making the case for, maintaining the impact of U.S. global health leadership – abroad and at home

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The Vital Case for Global Health Investments by the United States Government – The cost effectiveness of controlling infectious disease outbreaks where they begin, the protection that improving health capacities globally offers American travelers and guest workers, the common good advanced by global health research, and the good will generated by humane international responses are […]

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 […]

A commitment without a target, a shifting landscape, dollars in diagnostics . . . We’re reading about antimicrobial resistance and baby steps

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UN declaration on antimicrobial resistance lacks targets – While the 700,000 people who die of drug-resistant infections worldwide annually could increase to 10 million without concerted and collaborative action over the next few decades, the commitment finalized at the recent United Nations High-Level meeting to address the problem doesn’t ask much of the nations signing […]