Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

PEPFAR takes a hit in 2012 funding bill; Military HIV Research Program sustains funding after close call

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***UPDATE 12/19: The final spending bill for FY 2012 was agreed to by the Senate. The resolution to fund the emergency spending bill with an across the board 1.83 percent cut to most discretionary funds did not pass. Also of interest, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic TB budget for FY 2012 […]

Some light is shed on future of Global Fund disbursements; critical time on the Hill for future global health funding

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“It’s not that the income of the Global Fund is going down – we are predicting fairly stable income over the next few years,” said Dr. Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He spoke by conference call with members of the advocacy community in early […]

Global Fund explains “Transitional Funding Mechanism” — No funding for HIV treatment scale up

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released an “Information Note” explaining the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) that the Fund Board recently decided would replace a Round 11 funding cycle. The information note and accompanying documentation are meant to aid applicants in the development of proposals for TFM funding. According to the Fund, […]

Budget cuts threaten Military HIV Research Program

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The U.S. military’s contributions to global health and the HIV response might not be well publicized, but advocates tried to change that Friday by hosting a Capitol Hill briefing touting the accomplishments of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) – a $175 million program supported by the Department of Defense and other entities that is vulnerable to cuts in the fiscal year 2012 funding battle currently taking place on the Hill…

Public funding for neglected diseases takes a hit in 2010, public health advances in jeopardy

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A group that tracks funding for neglected diseases released its fourth annual report Wednesday, showing for the first time since 2007 a decrease in government and public spending in global health research and development. The Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) survey report, conducted by Policy Cures and funded by the Bill & […]

Sachs on Global Fund Round 11 cuts: “It’s game over for the Millennium Development Goals”

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Jeffery Sachs, PhD – the director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special advisor to Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon – called on the membership of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to take urgent action Sunday evening. Sachs gave the opening plenary address during the organization’s 60th Annual […]

Center to host Congressional briefing on Military HIV program

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The Center for Global Health Policy is joining with AVAC and the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) to host a congressional briefing to discuss the importance of protecting funding for the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), on Friday, December 9, from 12 – 1:30 PM in Senate Russell 385.

Critical time on the Hill for the future of global health

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Advocacy groups worked to rally representatives on the Hill in support of lifesaving global health programs as word came down Friday that fiscal year 2012 numbers for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will likely be decided over the weekend. Advocates are pressing […]

President Obama pledges to put 6 million on treatment globally by 2013

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A renewed effort to end AIDS: “30 years and 30 million funerals”

President Obama made a bold announcement Thursday, World AIDS Day, to renew U.S. leadership in the fight against global AIDS – pledging to put 2 million more people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program by 2013.