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U.S. Congressional Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

“[On Friday] the House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY14 State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill by voice vote, with no amendments offered. The $40.6 billion measure, comprise[s] of $34.1 billion in base funding and $6.5 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds,” according to a post on the U.S. Global…

GHTC Blog Examines FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Policy Officer Ashley Bennett summarizes a bill that was approved on Friday by the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which includes funding for “key global health research activities.” She writes, “Overall, global…

African Governments Fall Short On Health Spending Pledges, WHO Data Show

“Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to health care by 2015, just six countries have met this goal,” IRIN reports. “Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are…

Vietnam Facing Funding Challenges As Donors Pull Back

Devex examines how Vietnam, now considered a middle-income country, is facing the challenge of securing funding for its HIV/AIDS programs, as donors begin to “either reduc[e] their aid footprints or cu[t] altogether their bilateral ties.” The news service writes, “On the ground, implementing partners from civil society and non-profit circles…

Partnerships Under MPP Key To Lowering Antiretroviral Therapy Costs

The ONE blog features an interview with Esteban Burrone, head of policy for the Medicines Patent Pool, who discusses how antiretroviral drugs used to treat HIV became less expensive over the past decade, allowing for millions more people living with the virus to receive treatment. Burrone says partnerships with pharmaceutical…

Senate Subcommittee Approves FY14 State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Tuesday approved a $50.6 billion FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for global health programs at USAID and the State Department, The Hill’s “On The…

Early ART ‘Vitally Important’ For All People Living With HIV

The new WHO HIV treatment guidelines, which advocate beginning antiretroviral therapy (ART) “when a person’s CD4 white blood cell count is relatively high,” “are a welcome step forward but fall short of the treatment goals that could and should be set,” a New York Times editorial states. “The missing ingredient…

Lions Clubs International Pledges $30M To GAVI Alliance Measles Vaccination Program

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, David Ferreira, managing director for innovative finance and head of the Washington, D.C., office at the GAVI Alliance, reflects on a recent trip to Hamburg, Germany, for the 96th convention of Lions Clubs International, “a worldwide service…