Category Archives: TB

Global Fund overhaul is well underway

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Dr. Christoph Benn, director of Resource Mobilization and Donor Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, updated global health community advocates Wednesday on the recent tumult at the multilateral organization. Since Columbian banker Gabriel Jaramillo was appointed to head up the Fund in January, the Secretariat has been consumed with “internal […]

Report shows $1.37 billion gap in R&D funding needed to eliminate TB by 2050

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TB research and development investment increased 76 percent between 2005 and 2010, but investment has slowed markedly, with only 2 percent growth since 2009. The $630.4 million 2010 investment is only one-third of the $2 billion needed to stay on track with the Global Plan to Stop TB 10-year implementation and research strategy to eliminate […]

USAID Administrator Shah meets with TB advocates; announces two new centers

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The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Rajiv Shah met with tuberculosis (TB) advocates from various organizations Friday, the day before World TB Day. The group discussed how to do more to combat TB disease in a time of shrinking budgets, when USAID’s support is needed to push several key TB […]

Fail to Scale: the cost of thinking small in fight against TB

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The following is a guest blog post by John Fawcett, Legislative Director for RESULTS, who writes in advance of World TB Day (Saturday, March 24).

In 2008, Congress passed the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act with strong bipartisan support…

PEPFAR takes a hit in 2012 funding bill; Military HIV Research Program sustains funding after close call

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***UPDATE 12/19: The final spending bill for FY 2012 was agreed to by the Senate. The resolution to fund the emergency spending bill with an across the board 1.83 percent cut to most discretionary funds did not pass. Also of interest, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic TB budget for FY 2012 […]

Global Fund explains “Transitional Funding Mechanism” — No funding for HIV treatment scale up

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The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria released an “Information Note” explaining the Transitional Funding Mechanism (TFM) that the Fund Board recently decided would replace a Round 11 funding cycle. The information note and accompanying documentation are meant to aid applicants in the development of proposals for TFM funding. According to the Fund, […]

Public funding for neglected diseases takes a hit in 2010, public health advances in jeopardy

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A group that tracks funding for neglected diseases released its fourth annual report Wednesday, showing for the first time since 2007 a decrease in government and public spending in global health research and development. The Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases (G-FINDER) survey report, conducted by Policy Cures and funded by the Bill & […]

WHO reports decline in global TB rates, warns progress is at risk

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The number of people getting sick from tuberculosis (TB) each year is dropping, and the number of people dying from the disease fell to its lowest level in a decade. World Health Organization (WHO) representatives made the announcement Tuesday morning at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, along with the launch of the WHO 2011 […]

Senate committee votes on global health funding for fiscal year 2012; global AIDS cut

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The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to provide $7.9 billion for global health programs for the 2012 fiscal year beginning October 1 – $810 million below what President Obama requested for these programs and about $75 million above current funding levels – according to a committee press release. For the second year in a row, the global AIDS budget has been cut – despite promising research findings that chart a way forward to cut the toll from the major infectious disease killer…

UN AIDS Declaration sets some ambitious goals, fails to address others

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The United Nations General Assembly adopted the ‘Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying our Efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS’ Friday at the conclusion of the three-day High-Level Meeting on AIDS in New York City. The ambitious goals set forth in the declaration include putting 15 million people on life-saving antiretroviral therapy in low and middle-income countries by 2015 (about twice the number currently on therapy) and halving the number of tuberculosis-related deaths among people with HIV. The plan includes a “push towards” ending HIV in children in the next five years, and Member States also agreed to increase AIDS-related spending to reach between $22 billion and $24 billion in low- and middle-income countries by 2015…