Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Mapping health facilities supports accountability, saves lives

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Do countries have accurate information on where health facilities are located? The following is a guest post from Anita Datar of Health Policy Project, telling how answering that question is essential to good governance, health system performance, and emergency responses, and why competent, accurate mapping and updating of Master Health Facility Lists is still a […]

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria prompts “National Action Plan,” with global strategies targeting pathogens that include multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

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“Antibiotic resistance is a global health problem that requires international attention and collaboration because bacteria do not recognize borders” National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria With a focus on bacteria that present “an urgent and serious threat to public health,” the White House today released a plan to guide federal government, as well as […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

Health workforce shortage weakens AIDS response

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While the U.S. government has helped train more than 140,000 healthcare workers through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief since the program was re-authorized in 2008, Africa still needs more than one million healthcare workers to address a critical shortage, U.S. Global AIDS Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx said Monday at a Capitol Hill […]