Category Archives: Budget

HIV/AIDS funding reality check: Tanzanias of the world can’t do it alone

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In Tanzania, an east African country home to 46.2 million people where the national HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 5.7 percent, the domestic HIV/AIDS response accounts for 10 percent of the national budget, or about $20 million per year. Sixty-five percent of government funding finances antiretroviral therapy (ART). Still, there is a gap of financing of […]

Congressional leaders say bipartisanship, enthusiasm are key to continued AIDS support on the Hill

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Despite much disruption from protesters – to the visual and audible discontent of event moderator and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) – U.S. Congressional leaders were able to get the point across Tuesday that in order to defeat AIDS support must come from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill. Rep. Barbara […]

“This century’s Marshall Plan”

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“PEPFAR will be remembered as this century’s Marshall Plan” noted Rep. Jim McDermott at a briefing today.   McDermott, D-Wash, one of the co-chairs of the Congressional AIDS Caucus, was a lead off experience at today’s Health Affairs briefing on the publication’s July edition, which is devoted exclusively to coverage of the President’s Emergency Plan For […]

Analysis looks at fiscal savings, human toll

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Unless Congress finds ways to lower the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion in the next five months,  the law passed last year mandating across-the-board cuts to nearly all budget items will reduce current global health spending by about 10 percent of its current level, an analysis by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) estimates. The […]

Breaking News: Senate subcommittee votes to boost funding for Global Fund and global TB in 2013

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted Tuesday on its funding bill for global health and foreign assistance programs beginning Oct. 1, 2012.  The committee voted to fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at the president’s budget request of $1.65 billion – which would fulfill the U.S. four-year, […]

Breaking News: House committee approves 2013 funding for PEPFAR, Global Fund, global TB

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The House Appropriations Committee voted on its fiscal year (FY) 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill Wednesday and released a report that clarifies its funding intentions for key global health programs.  The bill includes $5.542 billion for global AIDS funding through the State Department, and the report specifies $4.243 billion to support the U.S. […]

Why the world needs Robin: Advocates launch Robin Hood Tax Global Week of Action

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A hodgepodge group of charities, green groups, trade unions, community organizations, celebrities, religious leaders and politicians are rallying this week to  bring global attention to a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) meant to “reform Main Street” with a small tax on bank profits. The idea is to implement a tax of less than half of one […]

Global Fund announces additional $1.6 billion at its disposal through 2014

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria estimates an additional $1.6 billion in funding will be available in the 2012-2014 period, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the organization. “The new forecast is a result of strategic decisions made by the Board, freeing up funds that can be invested in countries […]

Every child deserves a fifth birthday

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On a new webpage developed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), there are some cute pictures of five-year-old faces that might look familiar. Visitors can see a five-year-old version of actress Mandy Moore sporting a tutu, a teeny Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on a toboggan in the snow, and even a wee USAID Administrator […]

Maryland physicians and health care workers urge Sens. Cardin and Mikulski to support AIDS programs

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Forty-nine clinicians, scientists and educators in Maryland joined to send sign-on letters Thursday to Sens. Benjamin Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D) asking them to stand up in support of adequate funding for the programs that are critical to the U.S. response to AIDS, including the Ryan White Program, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for […]