Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Stalled funding, policies of 2018 pose continuing challenges to infectious disease responses ahead

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A year that started with a shutdown of the U.S. government is ending the same way, demonstrating ongoing instability in American policy, funding and global health leadership. At the same time, from events dividing the ranks of global HIV responders, to the first Ebola outbreak fought in a war zone, the year has highlighted needs […]

Spending bill draft: House to maintain global AIDS, TB funds

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is scheduled to approve a draft bill Wednesday that rejects the Obama administration’s proposed cuts to HIV and TB spending for fiscal year 2016. The bill contains $250 million above the President’s fiscal year 2016 request for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB […]

Questions about suspended contractor’s HIV work meet USAID culture of silence and stalling

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When a multi-billion dollar nonprofit with PEPFAR contracts spends millions of tax dollars on stratospheric salaries, parties, presents, and perks, USAID has no answers on what happened to AIDS responses How does a faith-based nonprofit launched by a minister, his wife and his daughter in 1998 become the recipient of more grants and working agreements […]

As “most improved” for transparency among U.S. agencies, PEPFAR is one to watch in 2015

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With obstacles to information on how the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief planned, spent, and tallied the worth of its funding earning the world’s largest public health initiative a “very poor” rating last year on the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — well below the U.S. Military —  the agency’s “fair” rating earned this […]

Nothing about us without us: The evolving role of PEPFAR in community engagement

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The following is a guest post by Ron MacInnis, Deputy Director for HIV, Health Policy Project, Futures Group. This month, while working with PEPFAR programs in West Africa to raise awareness on issues such as gender and sexual diversity and their significance in HIV epidemic dynamics, I was reminded by civil society organization leaders of […]

Why maps matter: Delivering the right HIV services in the right place at the right time

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In the third phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, strategic planning is more urgently needed than ever. The following is a guest post by Anita Datar of the Health Policy Project on the role of geographical information systems in that planning. By Anita Datar, MPA, MPH, Health Policy Project A subtle […]

Birx, Farmer: Global AIDS lessons can inform, equip hepatitis response

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WASHINGTON, DC — Health leaders who gathered Wednesday at the White House to commemorate World Hepatitis Day agreed that recognition of the needless toll and continuing threat of that global, infectious and often deadly disease has been a long time coming. They also cited practical promise in the recent World Health Assembly Hepatitis Resolution that […]

Ambassador Birx formally sworn in by Secretary Kerry at State Department event

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At the swearing in ceremony for Ambassador Deborah Birx as the new Global AIDS Coordinator today at the State Department, Secretary John Kerry told the very personal story of Dr. Birx’s first brush with HIV/AIDS in the early 1980s. Ambassador Birx had lost a lot of blood as she was in labor with her daughter, […]

Global health donor proliferation without coordination raises questions of redundancy, inefficiency, burdens to hosts — and impact

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In basic numbers, this is some of what the last decade of donor awakening has totaled up to across the global health landscape: 37 donors responding to HIV in 143 countries; 22 donors responding to tuberculosis in 109 countries; 27 donors responding to malaria in 86 countries; 36 donors responding to family planning and reproductive […]

Ambassador Birx: “We will never waver” from sound public health, human rights principles

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First official statement also commits to “hand-in-hand” planned and agreed transitions of aid responsibility Sworn into office one day after Ugandan police action caused the suspension of work at a United States-funded HIV response program, new U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx has issued her first official statement, affirming PEPFAR’s commitment to continuing its […]