Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global views — candidates speak on trafficking, free enterprise, Clinton talks of shared responsibility

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When candidates Romney and Obama visited the Clinton Global Health Initiative this week, they gave another campaign season glimpse of their global priorities, and in these appearances global health got one mention per candidate. Candidate Romney called for a major shifts in foreign aid, promising to “leverage” private investment to play a pivotal role in […]

In lives, health, medical progress, and lost ground — reports tally cost of Budget Control Act

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When legislators went home last week, they left a Continuing Resolution to keep the country running and with it, they left standing the numbers the U.S. Office of Management and Budget cited to estimate the impact of the Budget Control Act’s January 2, 2013 automatic sweeping funding cuts on  government programs, including those responsible for […]

Global Fund board decides model, but it is still a work in progress

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When the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria met last week, it settled, for at least the next year, how decisions to fund country responses to the three diseases will be guided. The decisions made, however are just one part of what disease response advocates are saying could make the […]

Comparing the candidates: Obama, Romney on science, spending, AIDS and Africa

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If nothing else, this presidential election season has brought the good news that both major party candidates have taken stances against preventable death and disease. Republican contender Mitt Romney released a statement on the global AIDS pandemic on the eve of AIDS 2012 in July, saying “We must overcome the challenge of AIDS.” President Obama addressed the […]

Congressional compromise likely to give to global health with one hand, take with the other

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Congress Poised to Pass Budget Bill to Keep Government Running Until Next Spring Congress is back in town but is unlikely to stay long as members consider a bill to fund federal government programs for 6 months – until March 27, 2013.   Passing this bill is essential to avoid a government shutdown on October 1—the […]

TB advocates respond to Global Fund proposal for “historical disease allocation” model

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As board members of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria prepare to meet Thursday and Friday in Geneva, advocates for tuberculosis detection, treatment and prevention have signed a response to a proposal they say will foster a divisive “disease against disease” approach to funding, and seriously undermine efforts to roll out cost-effective […]

Saying emphasis has been on output over impact, developing countries NGOs ask Global Fund: Help us make better use of the money

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While the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria looked at ways to restructure how it awards and administers grants, the Global Fund Board delegation representing nongovernmental organizations in developing countries conducted its own survey of obstacles in the field that have hindered  the best use of those grants. The result was a report […]