Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Senate agrees on global health funding, small boost for TB

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Shaheen amendment reverses bill’s defunding of UNFPA, reinstatement of Global Gag Rule, family planning cuts While the Senate Appropriations Committee voted today to flat-fund most global health programs, including HIV responses, the Committee voted to modestly increase TB funding with  $241 million for USAID’s global tuberculosis program —  a $5 million increase over current funding. The increase […]

With continuing failure to reach Zika funding compromise, and adjournment looming, Congress resets response deadline to mid-July

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“Agreement” advanced by House, Senate Republicans fails to garner support Bill with restrictions to contraception access, lifting of environmental protections, hits to domestic health and Ebola control efforts would have faced President’s veto if passed As Senate Democrats had warned a week before, the $1.1 billion Zika funding package crafted by a bicameral committee of […]

House subcommittee bill flat funds global HIV and TB

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In a year when global health leaders have projected a need to extend HIV and tuberculosis services to millions more people, a draft spending bill for the fiscal year beginning October 1 proposes keeping funding for global AIDS and tuberculosis programs and for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria exactly where it […]

Senate funding bill boosts NIH funding, cuts CDC and TB programs

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Bipartisan effort preserves medical research at Defense Department The U.S. Senate Appropriations committee approved a funding increase of $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health and a cut to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today as part of their approval of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Related Agencies appropriations bill for […]

From HIV to Ebola to Zika, Dr. Jim Kim of World Bank makes a case for pandemic insurance

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“Legislatures are not set up to effectively and scientifically and in an evidence-based way respond to pandemics . . .” WASHINGTON, DC – At the Center for Strategic and International Studies where he had come today to discuss how to prevent the next pandemic, Dr. Jim Kim, now President of the World Bank, recalled earlier […]

In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo

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Of the $9.6 million the United Nations Population Fund tried to raise to address the sexual spread of Zika virus in countries around the world, it has received just $250,000, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent update on global responses to the disease, released last week. UNFPA had estimated that $9.6 million would […]