Tag Archives: GHI

Secretary of State nominee Kerry brings record of global health involvement

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As senator, John Kerry  championed AIDS Vaccine development and proposed the abolition of the HIV travel ban, spoke up for the rights of people with disabilities globally and articulated the impact of homophobic laws. Leading the charge to restore $4 billion in funding to the International Affairs budget he cited, among other issues, the consequences […]

Breaking News: Amb. Goosby to head new Global Health Diplomacy office, will continue to lead PEPFAR

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Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby will head the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the State Department, while retaining, at least for the immediate future, control over the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the program he has headed for the last three years. The Global Health Diplomacy office was announced last July […]

Laws that feed epidemics, responses to GHI news, and the DC Declaration

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Risks, Rights and Health: Laws that condemn men and women to “economic death,” that make illness grounds for punishment, encourage police brutality, keep health services out of reach, keep condoms out of prisons, clean needles out of the hands of injecting drug users and promote risks – these are some of the structures keeping the […]

GHI watchers wonder as “next steps” include closing office

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When the White House announced the Global Health Initiative in 2009, it was to be a six-year, $63 billion effort to combat neglected and preventable diseases, improve family planning, nutrition, address causes of maternal and child mortality, and, in the process, improve health care and health outcomes. It has been more than a year since […]

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 […]

Vienna Newsmaker: Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

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Ezekiel J. Emanuel, head of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist, is on extended detail as a special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. But that doesn’t speak to his impact. He is […]

Guest Blog: GHI May Unravel PEPFAR's Success

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Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a forum on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, sparking fresh debate over this significant shift in U.S. global health policy. In response to the presentations made by top U.S. government officials at that event, Shepherd Smith, a well-known AIDS advocate and program coordinator with considerable knowledge about […]

Final GHI To Be Unveiled Soon, Many Details Still Uncertain

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At the start of a forum today on the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, Jen Kates, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s director of global health policy and HIV, laid out eight major questions about the proposal—queries that will go a long way toward determining whether the initiative is a success or not. After a 90-minute discussion, […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

With Star Witnesses, Senate Panel Shines Spotlight on U.S. Global Health Priorities

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Two global health heavyweights—Bill Clinton and Bill Gates—testified before a key Senate committee today, urging lawmakers to provide more U.S. funding to combat scourges such as HIV and tuberculosis. In opening remarks, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stressed the importance of funding global health programs and cited the success […]