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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 […]

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 […]

With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

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When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said. Two years […]

White House slashes TB funding less than two months after launching National Plan to Combat MDR-TB

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The State Department’s funding document released following the White House budget today shows the Administration proposed the same amount for tuberculosis programs this year as it did last year — even after releasing an ambitious plan to reach more people worldwide with treatment for drug resistant TB. The State Department’s budget justification proposes a $45 million cut to […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

Obama 2015 budget fails to restore global HIV funding

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The Obama administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget, released today, includes stagnant funding for global HIV/AIDS programs and continued support for the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB, and Malaria. The proposed budget includes $4.35 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — the same amount allocated under fiscal year 2014. With dried […]

Jim Kim: AIDS response set path for universal health care

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When Dr. Jim Kim, President of the World Bank, began advocating for universal access to HIV treatment for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable in 2000, he met a strange response, that he recounted this week. “People were angry that we were talking about treating people with HIV/AIDS,” he said. “It’s as if people were […]

House draft bill proposes NIH funding increase, cuts to Global Fund, no syringe exchange

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The House Appropriations Committee posted a draft bill today funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs.  The draft contains a $1 billion increase for biomedical research for a total of $31.7 billion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but eliminates $300 million in funding for the Global Fund to […]