Author Archives: Antigone Barton

116th Congress: House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health gets four new Democrats, two new Republicans

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With regional oversight of political relations with Africa, as well as oversight of international health and human rights issues and responses, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations is pivotal to informing Congress, policies and funding supporting action to control, contain and end the impacts of HIV, […]

With promise to “eliminate the HIV epidemic,” and “defeat AIDS in America and beyond,” administration raises questions about policies

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While plan will target 48 “hot spots” with services, and people at high risks with PrEP, will it change policies that fuel HIV? More details are available today on plans to “eliminate the HIV epidemic,” announced by the president in his State of the Union address last night, and while they raise new questions as […]

PEPFAR partners reveal HIV prevention service cuts from expanded “Mexico City Policy,” as organizations endorse act to end its restrictions

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“Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance” policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, is hitting services for young women the hardest, survey finds When the Trump administration State Department began to enforce a newly reinstated, and greatly expanded version of the restrictions on health information provided by U.S.-funded overseas organizations known as the “Mexico […]

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 […]