Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Secretary of State nominee Kerry brings record of global health involvement

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As senator, John Kerry  championed AIDS Vaccine development and proposed the abolition of the HIV travel ban, spoke up for the rights of people with disabilities globally and articulated the impact of homophobic laws. Leading the charge to restore $4 billion in funding to the International Affairs budget he cited, among other issues, the consequences […]

Breaking News: Amb. Goosby to head new Global Health Diplomacy office, will continue to lead PEPFAR

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Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby will head the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the State Department, while retaining, at least for the immediate future, control over the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, the program he has headed for the last three years. The Global Health Diplomacy office was announced last July […]

New Senate Democrats get Foreign Relations Committee spots

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Science Speaks is continuing to look at changes in Washington’s global health leadership in the wake of November’s election. While Sen. Dick Durbin, who played a pivotal role in PEPFAR’s creation, leaves the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  two new Democratic members, as announced Wednesday, will join the committee which directs foreign aid. Chris Murphy  (D-Ct) […]

Exiting foreign affairs leaders take decades of experience as they leave Capitol

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As the 112th Congress draws to a close, Science Speaks is following changes in global health leadership, today looking at outgoing global issues leaders Rep. Howard Berman, former chair, and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.   Rep. Howard Berman […]

Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill makes this International Human Rights Day a time to look at health impacts of homophobic landscapes

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The Ugandan Parliament speaker’s promise to present his country with the “Christmas present” of a revived anti-homosexuality bill has led, in turn to a revived interest in the human rights landscape of that country, three years after the bill with its death penalty provision for “aggravated homosexuality” was first announced. The most recent attention, with […]

Breaking News: Global health leaders get nod to serve as lead Democrats on key House committees

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Two key global health leaders are among the picks U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just announced among the Democratic Ranking Members for 113th Congress House Committees.  Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) will assume the top Democratic post on the all important House Appropriations Committee—the committee charged with making annual funding decisions for […]