Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global health advocates circle U.S. Capitol, but Senators advance toward TPP trade deal

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Trade agreement would allow patent extensions, profit-protecting lawsuits, limiting access to affordable drugs, leaked records of secret talks have shown Representing organizations that train and supply health workers in some of the world’s poorest countries, that push for global access to life-saving medicines, and that urge effective responses to infectious diseases, protesters opposing the Trans […]

MERS: An outbreak reveals vulnerabilities, gaps, another chance to build appropriate responses

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On his way to a Médecins Sans Frontières meeting in New York last week, Dr. Dan Lucey was looking forward to a reunion of sorts with physicians with whom he volunteered at a hospital in Liberia last fall. “Not a hospital,” he corrected himself, “An Ebola treatment center.” The difference, he clarified, is that he was talking about a […]

House committee discusses diminished medical research budget, while Fauci talks to HIV prevention scientists

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While funding constraints divide science support, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director says, “We really do have a lot to do.”  As members of a House subcommittee met this morning on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to discuss allocations that will affect health, human services, education and training programs in the year ahead, […]

U.S. House Appropriations Committee approves bill that flat lines global HIV, cuts family planning

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When Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) went on a learning tour in Kenya and Malawi last year, she met a Kenyan woman named Estry who told her she began her family at age 22 with no knowledge of contraception. She and her husband had eight children, Wasserman-Schultz said, “more children than they could care for.” At […]

Ebola in ancient Athens examination raises question: Is west Africa outbreak making history or repeating it?

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The swift and brutal onset of the disease: fever followed by vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, and for most, death within two weeks, made the outbreak terrifying, and seemingly inescapable. Even worse, it quickly became a disease of caregivers, with the greatest toll among physicians and family members who tended to the stricken. When the outbreak came to […]

U.S. House subcommittee members reaffirm commitment to global health — with some dissension on what that means

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As subcommittee approves bill maintaining FY 15 HIV, TB support, exceeding White House request, Democrats chafe at budget restrictions, family planning caps, “global gag rule” reinstatement House Appropriations Committee State and Foreign Operations subcommittee members from both sides of the aisle today reiterated their support for global health  and emphasized they had rejected cuts to […]

Spending bill draft: House to maintain global AIDS, TB funds

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is scheduled to approve a draft bill Wednesday that rejects the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to HIV and TB spending for fiscal year 2016. The bill contains $250 million above the President’s fiscal year 2016 request for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB […]