Tag Archives: White House

TAC Founder Zackie Achmat Says "Forboding" Has Returned on Global AIDS

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Zackie Achmat, the founder of South Africa’s venerable activist group, the Treatment Action Campaign, today made public a memo to the Obama Administration that details the potential negative consequences of a pull-back from US commitments on global AIDS. It comes in the wake of a protest last night in New York, where President Obama appeared […]

Top Physician-Scientists Voice Grave Concern about Stagnant U.S. Global AIDS and TB Funding

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Nearly 300 leading U.S. disease experts expressed serious concern about the White House’s inadequate budget request for global AIDS and TB programs, saying the proposed funding levels signal a retreat in the U.S. response to the twin epidemics of HIV and TB. In a strongly-worded letter sent to members of Congress today, the physician-scientists said […]

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, […]

White House Leadership Needed to Make Bill Gates’ Vaccine Vision a Reality

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This is a guest blog by Holly Wong, vice president of public policy for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Testifying recently before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the President’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), Bill Gates highlighted the critical role health technologies play in economic development. He also reiterated a call, first made in January […]

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 […]

"Don't Take Us Back"

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Just as HIV experts are beginning to see new hope in beating the AIDS epidemic, a funding crisis threatens to throw us back a decade or more in the effort to combat this deadly virus. Dr. Peter Mugyenyi and other HIV experts delivered this forceful message to U.S. lawmakers today at a hearing before the […]

Blueprint for Global Health Initiative Raises Fresh Questions About Funding

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The Obama Administration has finally lifted the curtain, if only for a preview, on its proposed $63 billion six-year Global Health Initiative (GHI), which the President first unveiled almost a year ago with a broad-brush call for a more integrated comprehensive approach to funding global health.  Amid much anticipation, the White House yesterday released a […]

White House Budget Falls Short on Global HIV & TB

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Although some details are still murky, a first-blush analysis of  Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2011 budget doesn’t look good for US efforts to combat the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics. From treatment to prevention, these global health threats could get short-changed under the White House plan. Let’s start with PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. […]

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 […]

Key Lawmakers Express Concern about US Global AIDS Funding

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Five key House lawmakers—including the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus—have called on the Obama Administration to step up its commitment to combating global AIDS. In a letter to the president, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and other House members expressed concerned that “continued rapid roll out of AIDS treatment is endangered in Africa” and said […]