Tag Archives: USAID

116th Congress: Senate Foreign Relations Committee gets new Chair, three new Republican members

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The 116th Congress brings significant change to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a new chair whose record offers few — but significant — clues to his global health leanings, to three well-known, but new Republican members, all of who indicated varying views on the value of foreign aid. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) – In […]

Marburg finding in Sierra Leone identifies threat — without an outbreak

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The discovery of active, transmittable Marburg virus in fruit bats caught in three Sierra Leone locations marks the first time the virus has been found in West Africa and has identified a potential public health threat without a single known case of human illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced today. The Marburg virus, […]

CDC, State Department urge Congress to take action on Zika funding before summer break

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In February, when the Obama Administration proposed a $1.9 billion package to respond to the Zika outbreak, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden heard it might take three months for Congress to approve it, and he was shocked. Five months later, with the Zika supplemental bill still mired in bipartisan gridlock while […]

With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding

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When House Appropriations Committee members in 2014 asked then USAID Administrator Raj Shah how the U.S. could combat tuberculosis globally with 19 percent less money, he said not to worry. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would fill the gap, he said. Two years […]

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 […]

TB advocates call on organizations, leaders to work together, speed access to existing treatments for drug resistant tuberculosis

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They would like an answer on March 24 When World TB Day next Tuesday commemorates the discovery in 1882 of the bacteria that causes the disease, announcements and op-ed pieces will note the progress that has been made since, and will certainly call for more. A group of 89 organizations that last week sent a […]

Zambia Gender Minister: Poverty slows march toward equity

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The Honorable Professor Nkandu Luo, now Zambia’s Minister of Gender and Child Development, is a physician, professor of microbiology and immunology, a former Parliament member, former Minister of Health and founder of a an organization supporting sex workers*. Having overcome some of the challenges facing women and girls in her country, and worked to address […]

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 […]

USAID’s 50 Years of Global Health charts changing priorities, offers history in progress and “catalogue of lessons”

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In the decade that the United States Agency for International Development began its work in global health, life expectancy in low-income countries averaged about 43 years, about 240 of every thousand children died before the age of five, and no records existed of maternal mortality rates. HIV was unheard of. A half century later, with […]

Tuberculosis panel: U.S. effort must focus, prioritize, coordinate

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With the resources allotted to fight tuberculosis worldwide inadequate to demands of a pandemic complicated by drug-resistant strains and the impact of HIV globally, the United States will need to better lead, coordinate, focus and prioritize its efforts, or risk seeing domestic and international goals compromised. That is among the conclusions of a summary report […]