“South Asia is facing a health crisis, with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity, and patients facing impoverishment as they pay for treatment out of their own pockets,” according to a report released Wednesday by the World Bank, Reuters reports (Lyn, 2/9).
Programs, Funding & Financing
House Appropriations Committee Approves $32B Budget Cut, Reducing Foreign Aid, Domestic Spending For FY11
The House Appropriations Committee “voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting” $32 billion “from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year,” Politico reports (Rogers, 2/8).
Opinions: Polio Vaccines; Alternatives To DDT, Insecticides; Food Price Volatility; Global Poverty; Foreign Aid For Vaccines
Oral Vaccine Alone Cannot Eradicate Polio “No one denies”Â that the oral polioÂ vaccine “has considerable merits. It’s cheap to make. It’s easy to administer; you don’t need a trained nurse with a clean syringe [like the inactive vaccine needs], just a volunteer with a dropper. And it gives excellent immunity. ……
“President Barack Obama will send Congress a ‘tough choices’ budget next week that would cut some of his own programs in the environment, community development and services for the poor to rein in the deficit,” Jacob Lew, the White House budget director, wrote recently in a New York Times opinion piece, Bloomberg reports.
The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Thursday announced “it is to launch a wide-ranging review of its procedures following concern over mismanagement of funds by countries receiving its money,” the Financial Times reports. The U.N.-backed organization “which channels $3bn [billion] a year in donor funds to developing countries, will restructure its auditing procedures and appoint outside officials to review its systems,” according to the news service (Jack, 2/3).
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday released a fiscal year 2011 spending proposal that would “slice more than $32 billion from agency budgets over the next few months,” the Washington Post reports (Montgomery, 2/3). The proposal “could mean big reductions for virtually all federal agencies other than the Pentagon,” according to the Wall Street Journal (Hook/Boles, 2/4).
Here is a sampling of opinions about recent media reports of corruption and fraudÂ in some Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants: The Lancet: Supporting the Global Fund to fight fraud (2/5). Nature: Tough on truth (2/3). Huffington Post: Why We Must Protect the Global Fund (Zeitz, 2/1).…
On Thursday, House Republicans are expected to “announce fiscal 2011 spending caps,” CQ reports. “Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is slated to reveal the top-line discretionary spending limits … for the remainder of the fiscal year under unprecedented power that the GOP majority gave him in January. House leaders have said they are aiming to make $55 billion to $60 billion in cuts, while a more conservative faction is pushing for $100 billion in cuts. It is unclear where Ryan’s numbers will fall,” the publication reports.
Stockpiling Flu Drugs, Vaccines Reduces Impact Of Pandemic, But Option Out Of Reach For Most Countries, Study Finds
“Stockpiling antiviral flu drugs and vaccines saves lives and reduces disease in a flu pandemic,” but the cost to maintain such a stockpile and deploy interventions in the event of an outbreak “is too expensive for around two thirds of the world’s population, scientists said on Wednesday,” Reuters reports.
Politico Looks At How Proposed Budget Cuts Could Affect U.S. Foreign Aid, Including Global Health Funding
Politico examines how Republicans’ proposed budget cuts could affect foreign aid funding. The House Republican majority has recommended combining President Barack Obama’s “State and foreign aid requests with ‘nonsecurity’ domestic spending and to cut appropriations to 2008 levels.” According to Politico, “[t]he result could be a $16 billion, or nearly one-third, reduction in the resources available to State, which finds itself pitted against domestic programs also facing the ax.”