Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

While HIV aid drops, overall global health spending shows “enduring support”

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While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last year, assistance for “the main infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, contracted on the whole,” according to the Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. Total […]

Two reports highlight: While epidemic marches on, funding remains in 2008

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While disbursements of donor funds has bounced back from a bureacracy-delay-driven dip last year, money committed to fighting the AIDS epidemic has remained at 2008 levels for the last three years, an analysis jointly released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and UNAIDS shows. Their report, Financing the Response to AIDS in Low-and Middle-Income Countries: […]

“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 […]

GHI watchers wonder as “next steps” include closing office

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When the White House announced the Global Health Initiative in 2009, it was to be a six-year, $63 billion effort to combat neglected and preventable diseases, improve family planning, nutrition, address causes of maternal and child mortality, and, in the process, improve health care and health outcomes. It has been more than a year since […]

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: Appropriations bill maintains TB, Global AIDS funding

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The 2013 health funding bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee brings good news for tuberculosis research advocates, keeping funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of TB Elimination at its current $140.298 million. The Obama administration had recommended a $4.6 million cut. While about 80 percent of the CDC’s TB division […]

Condom gap “quite disturbing” according to PEPFAR

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There is a pervasive pattern of stockouts of condoms, both male and female condoms, in African countries confronting HIV/AIDS, according to Carolyn Ryan, MD, MPH, director of technical leadership at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

She called the condom gap “really quite disturbing,” given that condoms are a crucial tool for HIV prevention. While HIV incidence has fallen in recent years, in 2009 there were an estimated 2.6 million people newly infected with HIV, meaning that about 7000 people are acquiring the infection each day.

House Subcommittee Approves Global Health Funding for FY 2011

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A crucial milestone was passed this week in the effort to get increased funding levels approved for global health programs, including PEPFAR, USAID and the Global Fund. The State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, led by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), approved some increases for these programs relative to FY 2010, despite […]

Reactions to the New CSIS Report on "Smart Global Health Policy"

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday unveiled  a new “must-read” report for global health advocates, “Smart Global Health Policy.” While a panel at the Congressionally-chartered Institute of Medicine, made up primarily of scientists, issued recommendations on US global health policy last year, the CSIS panel is the first to involve high-level business leaders […]

UNAIDS Expert: Prevention Needs Full Funding

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Evaristo Marowa, UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Botswana, said today that major opportunities to prevent HIV, and save billions of dollars in the long run, will be missed if the US and the international community fail to increase AIDS funding for Botswana and other countries in southern and eastern Africa.  He made his comments in a presentation […]