Monthly Archives: January 2019

116th Congress: House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee gets new leader, four new Democrats, one new Republican

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With a Democratic majority, the 116th Congress sees new leadership  of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, as well as five new subcommittee members — four Democrats, and one Republican. From a former deputy secretary for a state health department to a billionaire tech entrepreneur with a charitable family foundation, they bring diverse experiences […]

As Ebola vaccinations begin in South Sudan, DRC officials highlight challenges, perceptions

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Vaccinations against Ebola in a South Sudan city close to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the virus continues to spread, began today, the latest recognition of the potential for the ongoing war-zone outbreak still not officially deemed a Public Health Emergency of International Concern — or PHEIC — to become one. […]

Planned Parenthood “Global Gag Rule” report is latest to diverge sharply from State Department assessment that policy does no harm

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Drawing on previously published findings and on-the-ground interviews, a report from Planned Parenthood details damage to global health gains, including in closed programs, weakened civil society, divided communities, and squandered local training, as well as direct impacts to public and individual health from the policy introduced by the Trump administration two years ago called “Protecting […]

What we’re reading: Unprecedented Ebola challenges call for unprecedented responses, good investments and more

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Ebola Spreads Amid Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and U.S. Role Remains Limited – Spreading near national borders with control efforts impeded by ongoing violence, vandalism and distrust, the current Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest outbreak of the virus the country has seen, and the second largest […]

116th Congress: Senate HELP gets new Democrat, two new Republicans

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With jurisdiction over most of the agencies, institutes, and programs of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — HELP — is pivotal in crafting policies […]

116th Congress: Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets new Chair, three new Republican members

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The 116th Congress brings significant change to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a new chair whose record offers few — but significant — clues to his global health leanings, to three well-known, but new Republican members, all of who indicated varying views on the value of foreign aid. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) – In […]

Lower age of consent for HIV testing linked to higher adolescent testing rates, study finds

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Sub-Saharan African countries where adolescents 15 or younger could be tested for HIV without sign-off by parents or guardians show 11 percent higher rates of testing for the virus among those from 15 to 18 years old than in countries where the legal age of consent for testing is 16 or older, according to a […]