Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

USAID Global Development Lab bill introduced in Senate

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This month Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Boozman (R-AR) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the Global Development Lab Act, legislation that would authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development to expand public-private partnerships to deliver innovative health solutions for the developing world. In support of USAIDS’s mission to end extreme poverty, the Global Development Lab […]

Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Law prompts new U.S. responses, including entry restrictions and police program aid suspension

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*** Breaking News *** A White House blog post and National Security Council  statement  today announced additional responses from the White House to Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, legislation that led to police action and suspension of work at a U.S.-funded HIV program there. The response comes on the heels of a report from […]

Senate Funding Bill Disappoints Global HIV and TB Advocates

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The Senate State Foreign Operations Subcommittee approved a fiscal year 2015 funding bill Tuesday with no new resources for the U.S. flagship global AIDS program, PEPFAR, and an $11 million cut in the U.S. response to global tuberculosis. PEPFAR is funded at $4.02 billion and TB at $225 million.  The Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis […]

Breaking News: House Subcommittee Funds PEPFAR and Global TB Higher than President’s Request

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations posted its draft bill last night with better funding levels for PEPFAR and global TB than those proposed by the Obama Administration for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2015. According to the draft and conversations with Hill sources, PEPFAR funding through the State Department would […]

USAID’s 50 Years of Global Health charts changing priorities, offers history in progress and “catalogue of lessons”

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In the decade that the United States Agency for International Development began its work in global health, life expectancy in low-income countries averaged about 43 years, about 240 of every thousand children died before the age of five, and no records existed of maternal mortality rates. HIV was unheard of. A half century later, with […]

Senator Markey introduces global LGBT human rights bill

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On Friday Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) introduced the International Human Rights Defense Act, a bill that would direct the Department of State to make international LGBT rights a foreign policy priority. The bill calls for establishing a position in the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for coordinating inter-bureau and inter-agency […]

Needle exchange, methadone programs in Malaysia save money, protect public health, World Bank-funded report finds

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Of the more than 98,000 people diagnosed with HIV since 1986 in Malaysia, more than 67,000 of them have been people who inject drugs . . . When more than two-thirds of the people who have been diagnosed with HIV in a country are people who inject drugs, some of the measures to prevent new […]

Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

With Uganda foreign minister set to lead United Nations General Assembly, human rights, HIV treatment advocates urge action

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Sign-on letter headed for Ban Ki-moon, UN missions When Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Act into law in February, the United Nations along with world political, human rights, health and humanitarian leaders condemned the legislation which imposes life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality,” prohibits support or services offered to sexual minorities, and […]