Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Exploring the Global Health Initiative on the ground

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We have an enormous obligation to address the needs of other countries because we can, Executive Director of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) Lois Quam said at a Kaiser Family Foundation briefing Wednesday. “But we’re going to have to create new money by being more effective and efficient.”

It’s a familiar tune in the current economy.

But global health advocates are eager to see what changes the president’s ambitious six-year, $63 billion initiative is inciting on the ground – especially when many questions remain about what the GHI is and how it’s different from the programs previously in place.

The Kaiser event addressed some of these questions by exploring the rollout of the GHI…

Goosby: Study “challenges the way we are doing business”

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U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dr. Eric Goosby said today the Obama Administration is in the midst of a “rigorous internal discussion” on responding to the National Institutes of Health-funded study that confirmed treating HIV-positive people with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs dramatically reduces the risk of transmitting the virus. Asked about comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director […]

PEPFAR releases long-awaited guidance for men who have sex with men

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The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program released a technical guidance document addressing prevention programs for men who have sex with men (MSM) as part of PEPFAR’s overall prevention strategy on Thursday. Originally to be released at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna in July 2010, the guidance was delayed for nearly a […]

Laws criminalizing gays impede work of HIV programs globally

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More than 70 countries around the world criminalize same-sex activities, to the detriment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the globe, and hindering their access to HIV prevention and treatment services. That was the message expressed at a Congressional briefing Tuesday afternoon, hosted by the Global Forum on Men who have Sex with […]

Waiting for GHI – Obama’s global health program likely to fall short of funding mark

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President Obama announced his Global Health Initiative (GHI), a $63 billion program to be spread over six years, in 2009. But the ambitious program aiming to promote health worldwide is likely to fall shy of its funding target.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen in the next three years, but I think even an optimistic budget scenario would not bring funding to $63 billion,” said Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Jennifer Kates. In fact, even if funding levels were to remain constant going forward, which some think is an optimistic future budget scenario, Kates said, the total allocation will still fall short by about $11 billion… Read More

Uganda poised to reconsider anti-gay bill

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The government of Uganda is re-opening discussion around the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that triggered an international outcry among civil rights groups, physicians and public health experts, and the U.S. Congress in early 2010. The legislation, originally proposed to the Ugandan Parliament by David Bahati in September of 2009, would impose life imprisonment or the death sentence […]

Global AIDS docs meet Sen. Brown, laud impact of U.S. investment in global health

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HIV medical experts Dan Kuritzkes, MD, Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, and Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, highlighted the impact and ongoing importance of U.S. investment in global health and encouraged Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to work to ensure that global health programs remain a U.S. priority in a meeting on Monday in the senator’s Boston office.  […]