Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Ukraine NGO crackdown raises questions on sustained HIV prevention, care among injecting drug users, other marginalized groups

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January 16 “Charter for Opression” shows precariousness of HIV response “partnerships” In April 2011, when Ambassador Eric Goosby made his first visit to Ukraine in his role of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, his previous work in HIV prevention, care and treatment through targeted interventions had already familiarized him with the country’s challenges. With the highest […]

PEPFAR Act: AIDS response’s next chapter begins with unanimous Congressional vote

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Rep. Barbara Lee: “When it comes to saving lives PEPFAR is a clear example of how we come together to do just that” By the time the House of Representatives began to take up the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 Tuesday afternoon, the end was not in doubt. All the same, once lawmakers […]

With departure of Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Goosby pending, advocates hoping for swift action on replacement

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Through the summer, talk circulated that Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby was preparing to move on – and today we’re hearing that his departure date is set for as early as Oct. 26. After four years of leading the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and its President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief […]

In spite of government shutdown, Senate could act on PEPFAR bill early next week

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SUPPORTERS URGE ACTION While much of the work in this shuttered capital has ground to a halt, the Senate is still open for business, and that means that the body could act on S. 1545, the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Bill of 2013 as early as this coming Monday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved […]

Senate Foreign Relations okays PEPFAR bill with TB, health worker provisions

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With the government facing shutdown today over a congressional standoff on domestic healthcare policy, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moved quickly Monday night to approve a bill to extend the United States’ signature and largest global health effort. The committee had been scheduled to vote today on the bill, which will extend the authority of, […]

Leadership of Senate Foreign Relations introduces “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013”

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With the introduction of the PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker launched a bill Tuesday that both tweaks and extends the authorities of the 2003 legislation that started the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief. With House Foreign Affairs Committee leaders Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

House Appropriations votes FY14 global health funding: adds PEPFAR requirements, tops Obama and Senate subcommittee TB number

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With the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  facing a drop from fiscal year 2012 funding, the House Appropriations Committee added language from Rep. Barbara Lee to the funding bill it voted on today, requiring indicators to ensure that “country ownership” is pursued effectively and appropriately. The Committee proposed that three global health programs be […]

Senate follows House with President’s global HIV funding number, beats their TB number

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Today the Senate Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations followed the House’s example by adopting the President’s fiscal year 2014 funding request for global HIV/AIDS programs, allocating $4.02 billion for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  The bill also provides $330 […]

Looking for lasting impact, first Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership volunteers work with medical school faculties in Africa

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After a career as cardiologist and teacher, Stephen Humphrey had retired  when he discovered first-hand the dire need for medical school instructors in a resource-poor country. A career as a registered nurse providing psychotherapy gave Nancy Remington a chance to see strides in treatment and acceptance of psychiatric illnesses. Then she saw a chance to […]