Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global health funding in precarious position as lawmakers “just aren’t getting it”

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You know that the state of global health is in a precarious position when leading physician scientists take time out of a scientific conference to discuss public policy.  That’s exactly what happened at the recent HIV Prevention Trials Network conference, when NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci implored his colleagues to advocate for global HIV/AIDS, particularly […]

As sequestration strikes disease fighting efforts, Defense Department’s role in global health is little understood

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With a role in global health responses and research so extensive that a chart outlining its efforts looks a little like a maze, the United States Department of Defense has to ground itself in “institutional humility” to integrate the roles of fellow agencies and foreign partners in international disease-fighting efforts, as one speaker put it.

Physicians, researchers, advocates tell Obama and Congress: Gaps in President’s budget request will reverse gains

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Three weeks after President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 appeared, sustaining support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, while cutting funds to the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, and hacking global TB funding, physicians, scientists, and global health advocates are weighing in. And while United States Agency for […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]