Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

UN Special Session on “the world drug problem” just says no . . .

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Health and human rights concerns “considered” but not confronted in UNGASS drug policy document To leaders of global infectious disease responses and advocates of human rights, the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on international drug policies represented an opportunity to correct a course of public health harm and failure set by a half-century […]

Ill-informed, ineffective, discriminatory, and ideological, drug policies became prescription for public health disaster(s), report details

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The goal was “A drug-free world.” The certainty was “we can do it!” And behind the goal and the certainty was a view that illicit drugs threaten “the health and wellbeing of all mankind.” The setting was the 1998 U.N. General Assembly Special Assembly on drugs, late enough in the decades-long and ongoing international “war […]

Global health spending is up but at slower pace than during “golden age” of development assistance

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While the Obama Administration has requested the most funding yet for global health in its proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, the request reflects what continues to be a major slowdown of development assistance for health. Since 2010 total development assistance for health has grown only by one percent per year, compared to an 11.3 percent […]

CDC confirms Zika causes microcephaly, other birth defects

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Scientific criteria support unprecedented link between vector-borne illness and devastating birth defects, Frieden says, while efforts to quantify risks continue Saying data and an accumulation of evidence leave no further doubt about links between Zika infection and birth defects, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today that infection with the mosquito-born virus during […]

During early Ebola crisis: “When minutes counted, we lost months”

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“Ebola is not over, the conditions that created it are still there” Committee members told, as members confront consequences of “Sophie’s choice” of funding one disease response at expense of another A day after the White House responded to Congressional inaction on its request to fund Zika outbreak and impact control with a plan to […]

White House will transfer remaining Ebola dollars to Zika responses

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Reiterates call to Congress for full requested $1.9 billion Zika funding, authority to replenish Ebola funds “Congress needs to act immediately. We should not play with fire here” Saying they cannot risk waiting longer for Congress to supply emergency funding requested more than two months ago to respond to the spread of Zika virus and […]

Angola yellow fever outbreak features longstanding realities, increasing urgency

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When, this week World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan visited Angola, she called for urgent action to respond to an outbreak of yellow fever there that she called the worst the country has seen in 30 years. It was a reminder that, in the midst of the ongoing impacts of the spread of Ebola and […]