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Zika makes it from Americas to Africa, while funding to build health systems there hits wall

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The day after both houses of Congress voted to fund Zika responses only at the expense of addressing ongoing challenges posed by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed that the strain of Zika now spreading in the West Africa island nation of Cabo Verde is the form of the […]

Senate follows House with President’s global HIV funding number, beats their TB number

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Today the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations followed the House’s example by adopting the President’s fiscal year 2014 funding request for global HIV/AIDS programs, allocating $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  The bill also provides $330 […]

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

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The deadline-driven deal with which lawmakers rang in the New Year reflected an agreement not to jump off a fiscal cliff — at least until March — but leaves suspended in mid-air the fates of programs essential to meeting the goals of continued global health responses — including the implementation of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]

Congressional compromise likely to give to global health with one hand, take with the other

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Congress Poised to Pass Budget Bill to Keep Government Running Until Next Spring Congress is back in town but is unlikely to stay long as members consider a bill to fund federal government programs for 6 months – until March 27, 2013.   Passing this bill is essential to avoid a government shutdown on October 1—the […]

US Funding for Global AIDS and TB for the Next Fiscal Year?

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With Congress adjourned until after Labor Day and not a single funding bill for the federal fiscal year beginning October signed into law before the recess even began, the virtual standstill of legislative action could have a mixed impact on global health funding. It appears that House and Senate leaders have reached a tentative agreement […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

Breaking News: Appropriations bill maintains TB, Global AIDS funding

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The 2013 health funding bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee brings good news for tuberculosis research advocates, keeping funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of TB Elimination at its current $140.298 million. The Obama administration had recommended a $4.6 million cut. While about 80 percent of the CDC’s TB division […]

Breaking News: Senate committee bumps up funding for NIH

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On June 12, a Senate funding subcommittee voted on funding allocations for programs in health, human services, labor and education for the federal fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012.   Many details have not been released and more information will become available when the full Senate appropriations committee votes on the bill on Thursday, June 14.  […]