Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

Ukraine HIV epidemic response scenarios project potentials for lives saved, infections averted by level of investment

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Outcomes hinge on increased resources, harm reduction, outreach to men who have sex with men, women in sex work, clients, injecting drug users, partners, and prisoners Released in December, before the dissolution of Ukrainian control of Crimea and continued threats to the autonomy of the rest of the country, Lives on The Line, Funding Needs […]

Global Fund tiered pricing panel for ARVs, other health commodities raises questions

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Zambia didn’t look much different the day after the World Bank changed its status from low-income to middle-income than it did the day before, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul noted in his keynote address to a Georgetown University gathering in December. Dybul, who was discussing the shift in development aid “from paternalism to partnership,” […]

House meets President’s budget request for global AIDS, slashes international, family planning aid

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The funding bill for fiscal year 2014 that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations voted on today met the President’s request for global HIV/AIDS programs, while dramatically slashing other international aid programs.  Overall the full State and Foreign Operations allocation is 19 percent below current levels and the President’s request. The full […]

Legislators to Shah: Really? Cuts to TB, HIV efforts aren’t a problem?

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In the budget-cutting environment that characterizes the current Congress, it is not often you will see legislators from both parties urging a foreign aid director to voice the need for more funds, but that is what happened last week. While members of Congress emphasized during hearings last week the importance of robust U.S. support for […]

Obama 2014 budget: Continued support for Global Fund, paired with PEPFAR cut leave Blueprint goals in question

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The Obama administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, with numbers that show a continued commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but also a continued drop in funding for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. The budget allows $1.65 billion for the Global Fund, the same amount […]

Former PEPFAR head Mark Dybul to lead Global Fund

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The physician who helped create and then led the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will be the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund announced the appointment today, shortly after announcing the firing of Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons. Dybul will lead an institution […]

Global Fund board decides model, but it is still a work in progress

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When the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria met last week, it settled, for at least the next year, how decisions to fund country responses to the three diseases will be guided. The decisions made, however are just one part of what disease response advocates are saying could make the […]

Comparing the candidates: Obama, Romney on science, spending, AIDS and Africa

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If nothing else, this presidential election season has brought the good news that both major party candidates have taken stances against preventable death and disease. Republican contender Mitt Romney released a statement on the global AIDS pandemic on the eve of AIDS 2012 in July, saying “We must overcome the challenge of AIDS.” President Obama addressed the […]

Congressional compromise likely to give to global health with one hand, take with the other

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Congress Poised to Pass Budget Bill to Keep Government Running Until Next Spring Congress is back in town but is unlikely to stay long as members consider a bill to fund federal government programs for 6 months – until March 27, 2013.   Passing this bill is essential to avoid a government shutdown on October 1—the […]