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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 […]

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 […]

Senate Panel Calls on Uganda to Rebuff Anti-Gay Bill

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today approved a resolution opposing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, a move intended to escalate pressure on that country as it considers legislation that would impose life imprisonment or a death sentence for same-gender consensual sex. The Senate resolution notes that “such laws undermine our commitment to combating HIV/AIDS globally” by stigmatizing and criminalizing at-risk […]

Another Missive to the White House on Global AIDS Funding

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There seems to be a significant–and hopefully growing–degree of displeasure on Capitol Hill about the Administration’s commitment to combating the AIDS epidemic. The latest signal is a letter from eight U.S. senators, including the Senate’s No. 2 leader, urging the president fully fund PEPFAR at the congressionally-authorized levels. “The success of our HIV/AIDS programs is […]

Budget Deal Reached on Global Health Programs and Needle Exchange Ban

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Lawmakers have finalized the fiscal year 2010 budget for foreign assistance, setting funding for key programs to fight global HIV and TB and reaching a landmark deal to revise the needle-exchange ban. The agreement—expected to pass the House before the end of this week and the Senate before the end of next week—includes some modest […]

An Easier Path to New TB Tools?

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The search for new TB drugs and diagnostics is a long and windy road, paved with regulatory bumps and expensive R & D hurdles. But the path could get a little smoother under an amendment recently added to the Senate’s fiscal year 2010 funding bill for the Food and Drug Administration and other related programs. […]

Two Posts in One: Senate Leaves Needle Exchange Ban In Place, New Forum For HIV/AIDS Hot Topics

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First, a quick update on needle exchange: The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and education programs approved a spending bill this week that leaves in place the funding ban on needle exchange programs. This means a fight in conference over the fate of that provision, since the House approved language lifting the ban, albeit […]

House Panel Nixes Needle Exchange Ban, Senate Sets Funding for Global HIV/AIDS and TB

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A key House subcommittee has called for lifting the ban on funding for needle-exchange programs, a significant step forward in the hard-fought battle for evidence-based treatment of HIV/AIDS. Disease experts, particularly those who specialize in treating HIV/AIDS, have long argued that the ban on needle exchange unnecessarily impeded HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., […]

From U.S. Senate to G8 Summit, Global Health Issues at Stake

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From Capitol Hill to sub-Saharan Africa, the subject of spending on global health is likely to take center stage this week, or at least a more prominent place than usual. But the increased attention may not result in more robust resources for the deadly epidemics of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In Washington, the Senate Appropriations Committee […]

Goosby wins Senate confirmation

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Finally, a strong and seasoned voice in the White House to defend global AIDS spending and advance the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The full Senate confirmed Dr. Eric Goosby to be the new the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator on Friday. As we said in a news release applauding the vote, Congress now needs […]