From Capitol Hill to sub-Saharan Africa, the subject of spending on global health is likely to take center stage this week, or at least a more prominent place than usual. But the increased attention may not result in more robust resources for the deadly epidemics of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. In Washington, the Senate Appropriations Committee […]
Global health programs targeting HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis got a surprise boost on Tuesday when the House Appropriations Committee took up the foreign affairs spending bill. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., successfully offered an amendment adding $50 million to global TB programs, a welcome move particularly given growing threat of drug-resistant TB. This boost followed a letter […]
Editor’s Note: We will be blogging today about the House Appropriations subcommittee meeting, filing an update on funding levels for global health programs. So check back to see what happens! At last week’s HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting in Namibia, participants expressed deep concern about the commitment among donor nations to maintaining the momentum in the global fight […]
Yesterday we received more information about the budget proposal from President Obama. There are some new details, such as his proposal to flat-fund US backing for the Global Fund. His proposal does not add up, I am sorry to say, and it is not consistent with the Hyde-Lantos legislation the President co-sponsored last year. Why […]
This week the Obama Administration seemed to take a page from George Bush’s old playbook as the new Administration announces a very big sounding figure, $63 billion, for global health programs that help poor countries — when, in fact, the proposal obscures the real facts about the Obama budget, especially for FY 2010.
It’s not enough, but Congress did provide a small surprise boost in bilateral TB funding for this fiscal year-padding the FY09 appropriations bill with an extra $7.5 million for combating global tuberculosis. Overall, the bill includes $162.5 million for global TB, a little more than the $155 million global HIV/AIDS & TB advocates had anticipated. […]