Global HIV, tuberculosis programs flat funded in FY 2016 spending bill, yet again

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capitolfeaturedU.S.-funded global HIV and tuberculosis programs will be flat funded for another year under the spending bill for 2016  released this week, with funding for global HIV programs remaining below 2011 amounts. Congress has until December 22 to approve the bill and avoid a government shutdown.

The bill includes $4.32 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and $1.35 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria – the same amounts enacted in fiscal year 2015.

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s tuberculosis program will receive $236 million — $45 million above the President’s request but equal to the FY 2015 enacted level.

Overall, the bill provides $8.5 billion for global health programs, which is $49.5 million above the FY 2015 enacted level. The bill includes $647 million to combat malaria, $72.5 million to combat pandemic influenza, and $100 million to combat neglected and tropical diseases.

The bill includes $750 million for maternal and child health programs, and does not include language reinstating a “Global Gag Rule,” which would prohibit funding to organizations that offer abortion services or referrals.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tuberculosis program is also flat funded compared to last year’s funding level, receiving $142 million for FY 2016.

The National Institutes of Health will receive $32.084 billion – an increase of $2 billion, or 6.6 percent, over fiscal year 2015.

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