Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

A threat to winning the war on AIDS: neglect of injection drug users

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First, the good news. HIV prevalence around the world is starting to stablize, with overall growth in numbers of new infections slowing in most areas. But not all populations are experiencing this trend. “In Kenya and Tanzania, overall HIV incidence is stable, but the number of HIV infections among injection drug users (IDUs) is rising,” […]

Congressional briefing to highlight role of health product innovation

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On May 3, 2011, GHTC will host its second annual Congressional briefing to highlight the need for and role of new health products for diseases affecting people around the world. Titled “Sparking innovation to save lives: How the US can advance global health through new technologies”— the event will be held in the Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325) of the Russel Senate Building on May 3 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Aiming to highlight the role of research, science, and innovation in meeting U.S. global health and development objectives, a high-level panel will examine key policy issues most critical in meeting the future needs of the developing world. (Read more)

Hearing on U.S. budget for Africa includes look at AIDS response

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The Senate Subcommittee on Africa hosted a hearing on the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget for Africa Thursday, at which the Asst. Secretary of State for Africa Johnny Carson and Global AIDS Ambassador Eric Goosby testified. Testimony included discussion about the $7.8 billion requested by the Obama Administration for the African region for FY 2012, an overview of PEPFAR and Global Fund activity and progress in the area, and potential for certain countries to manage their own HIV responses within the next five to 10 years. Read More…

Civil society compiles ‘asks’ for UN AIDS meeting; Orgs urge Obama to personally attend

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A group of national, regional, global and constituency-based organizations have developed a civil society “zero draft” declaration to assist in coordinated advocacy with United Nations (UN) participating governments in advance of the upcoming UN high-level meeting on AIDS.  Organizations intend the draft to be used during negotiations with governments in New York and in the national […]

Updated: 2011 budget deal takes hit at PEPFAR and NIH

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The budget deal cut between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Barack Obama calls for a 0.2 percent across-the-board cut in non-defense discretionary programs and contains further reductions for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)… (Read more)