Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Report shows $1.37 billion gap in R&D funding needed to eliminate TB by 2050

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TB research and development investment increased 76 percent between 2005 and 2010, but investment has slowed markedly, with only 2 percent growth since 2009. The $630.4 million 2010 investment is only one-third of the $2 billion needed to stay on track with the Global Plan to Stop TB 10-year implementation and research strategy to eliminate […]

USAID Administrator Shah meets with TB advocates; announces two new centers

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The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Rajiv Shah met with tuberculosis (TB) advocates from various organizations Friday, the day before World TB Day. The group discussed how to do more to combat TB disease in a time of shrinking budgets, when USAID’s support is needed to push several key TB […]

Fail to Scale: the cost of thinking small in fight against TB

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The following is a guest blog post by John Fawcett, Legislative Director for RESULTS, who writes in advance of World TB Day (Saturday, March 24).

In 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act with strong bipartisan support…

World leaders on the Global Fund, cuts to PEPFAR as bad policy, new UNAIDS guidance, and more

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The following is a compilation of recent articles and releases making headlines in HIV, TB and global health news. Joint UN statement calls for closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers: In this joint statement, 12 United Nations entities call for the closure of compulsory drug detention and rehabilitation centers as they often threaten […]

Global health community mourns the loss of Rep. Payne

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This week the global health community lost one of its most ardent supporters, Rep. Donald Payne (D -NJ).  Payne passed away Tuesday afternoon from complications related to colon cancer. During his 25 years in Congress, Payne worked tirelessly to further the cause of global health and humanitarian issues in general.  As one of the original […]

New tool tracks AIDS and the global burden of disease

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At a plenary session Thursday at the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, Christopher Murray, MD, PhD, presented preliminary data from the 2010 revision of the Global Burden of Disease.  This effort, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at analyzing global health trends to quantify the comparative magnitude of health […]

PEPFAR: “One of the greatest global health achievements in recent history”

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Data shows HIV investments in PEPFAR focus countries lowered mortality by 20 percent compared to non-focus countries Dr. Eran Bendavid of Stanford University set out to convince an audience at the 19th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Wednesday that assistance to Africa through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program […]

Global HIV/AIDS advocacy groups urge Obama to keep his promise to end AIDS

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Nine global HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations sent a letter to President Obama Thursday asking him to rethink his fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget recommendation to slash $546 million in funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. The groups expressed gratitude that the administration recommended funding The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, […]

Global Health Leaders Discuss Need for Global Health Innovation at Congressional Briefing

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The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) has released their annual policy report, “Sustaining Progress: Creating US policies to spur global health innovation,” which outlines crucial advances made in global health research and development, thanks to U.S.-government investment.  The report urges policymakers to continue their strong support for global health innovation during a time when President […]