Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Students protest House Majority Leader Cantor over global health funding cuts

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The following is a guest post by Yale University sophomore David Carel, a member of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. Originally from Philadelphia, David is an economics major with aspirations to work in health economics and policy. During a speech given by House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Thursday evening, David participated in a […]

WHO-UNITAID invite applicants for Advisory Group on Funding Priorities

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The World Health Organziation and UNITAID have announced a call for interest for individuals wishing to apply for membership of the Advisory Group on Funding Priorities (AGFP). UNITAID’s mission is to contribute to scaling up access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis for people in developing countries by leveraging price reductions of quality drugs and […]

House bill threatens global health funding

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The House Appropriations Committee, led by Harold Rogers (R-KY), has proposed a bill that would set funding levels for fiscal year (FY) 2011— the current fiscal year ending September 30, 2011 —called a Continuing Resolution. It would cut total discretionary spending by $61 billion compared with FY2010 base levels and fall $100 billion below the […]

USAID Administrator discusses “transformational goals” to include curing 2.4 million infected with TB

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In a prestigious lecture to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientific community Tuesday, U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke about efficiencies that can be gained under the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and a renewed focus on “facilitating a continuum of invention and innovation from bench to bush,” at the agency.

USAID describes impact of possible TB funding cuts

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In a presentation made to TB advocates and implementers, representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Global Health described the range of cuts its TB programs would experience if flat funded at the fiscal year (FY) 2010 level,  or a reduction to the FY 2008 level. These budgetary scenarios were presented as […]

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

No PEPFAR Implementers Meeting this year or next

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The Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) has alerted the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) country teams that there will not be a PEPFAR implementers meeting in 2011 because of scheduling challenges.  A memo to PEPFAR country teams also noted that there will also be no implementers meeting in 2012 because of the need for […]