Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

U.S. government urges Amercians to donate to crisis in Horn of Africa, spread the word

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Rajiv Shah hosted a press conference Wednesday at the White House announcing a new aspect of their “Famine, War, Drought” or FWD campaign – together with the Ad Council and other partners – to bring visibility to the challenges taking place in the Horn of Africa and inviting […]

White House weighs in on key priorities for fiscal year 2012, including global health

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In an October 19 letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jack Lew spelled out the Obama administration’s funding priorities for the current fiscal year (FY) across the various funding bills. The letter contains the following […]

New amfAR report estimates debt deal’s potential human toll

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Thousands of lives and years of gains made against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria could be lost if proportional reductions are made to achieve the $1.2 trillion in spending reductions required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. That’s according to a new report issued Monday by The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which estimates the human impact of the approximate $5.04 billion that will be cut from global health spending over nine years under a sequestration scenario…

Senator Murray asks orgs to voice support for foreign affairs budget

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Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), co-chair of the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, has called on organizations to submit letters in support of the International Affairs budget.  Murray, a strong advocate for global health spending and foreign assistance generally, hopes to utilize the organizational letters to show her colleagues the broad support for U.S. humanitarian investments abroad.  […]

Health groups speak out against possible cuts to military HIV research

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Speaking out against a potential $16 million cut for military HIV research proposed in the Senate version of the Department of Defense Appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2012, leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) sent a letter Thursday to the Secretary of the U.S. Army, John McHugh, making the case for sustaining the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP).

WHO reports decline in global TB rates, warns progress is at risk

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The number of people getting sick from tuberculosis (TB) each year is dropping, and the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade. World Health Organization (WHO) representatives made the announcement Tuesday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, along with the launch of the WHO 2011 […]