Monthly Archives: January 2013

New leadership of House Foreign Affairs brings contrasting views of committee role, global health approaches

By on .

As noted earlier here,  U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s December announcement of  Democratic Ranking Members for 113thCongress House Committees saw one global health champion, Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), who lost his seat in November’s election, succeeded by another, with the ascent of Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) to ranking member of the House […]

Does the anti-prostitution pledge violate the first amendment? Supreme Court to decide

By on .

Sometime this spring, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether requiring organizations getting federal AIDS-fighting money to explicitly condemn prostitution is constitutional. For practical purposes the court’s decision will settle a question that has been answered two different ways by now, in the long and confusing trail that began when the requirement was added […]

What Americans want, stories from Uganda, if solidarity isn’t enough and more . . .

By on .

America Speaks: As funding for medical research teeters on the edge of the next fiscal cliff, the latest poll from Research!America adds to the reasons lawmakers should stand up for a strong science budget — it is what America wants. The poll shows the majority of Americans place value on research for improved global health, […]

New Leadership on the way for Senate Foreign Relations Committee while four new Republicans take seats

By on .

With Sen. John Kerry expected to leave the Senate to serve as Secretary of State, the committee that oversees international aid will get new leadership, as well as four new Republican members. The addition of two new Democrats, Sen. Chris Murphy (D – CT) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) was announced in December. Sen. Robert […]

Lamar Alexander moves up to ranking Republican on Senate HELP Committee, as three new Democrats takes seats

By on .

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions deals with issues surrounding most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Pivotal in policies guiding medical research, preventive […]

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

By on .

The deadline-driven deal with which lawmakers rang in the New Year reflected an agreement not to jump off a fiscal cliff — at least until March — but leaves suspended in mid-air the fates of programs essential to meeting the goals of continued global health responses — including the implementation of PEPFAR’s Blueprint for an […]

Turn up the volume for an all-video edition of What We’re Reading . . .

By on .

Turn up the volume  for these videos on issues that are often surrounded by silence: The reasons for rectal microbicides, the  neglected world of children with tuberculosis, the health consequences of overcrowded prisons, and how infectious diseases travel from prison to tourist when the realities of sex work are left out of an AIDS response. […]

Botswana’s balancing act: A model for AIDS-free generation plans?

By on .

CSIS REPORT EXAMINES ASPIRATIONS AND REALITIES IN COUNTRY’S SUCCESSES AND CHALLENGES Take a country that, a decade ago, grappled with one of the most devastating HIV epidemics in southern Africa. With a population of just over 2 million people, about four out of every 10 adults was infected with the virus that leads to AIDS. […]

FDA TB drug approval a milestone, with caveats

By on .

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the first new drug to treat tuberculosis in nearly half a century and the agency’s first use of its accelerated approval process to speed availability of TB medicine comes with cautions, and with a direction of work yet to be done, agency officials and treatment advocates agree. […]