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).
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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.”
Global Fund Saves Lives, ‘Not Expendable’ Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson writes of the “breathless Associated Press story” about the uncovering of some corruption in grants given by theÂ Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the subsequent reaction: “When scandals fit preexisting ideological narratives, they assume a life…
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Health Officials To Press For National Insurance Policy For People Living With HIV/AIDS “India could soon see a national medical insurance policy for people living with HIV,” Times of India reports. Though HIV coverage is currently “excluded from all insurance policies available in the country â€¦ Union health ministry officials…
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Reproductive Health Bill Is Approved By Philippines House Of Representatives IRIN reports a “hotly debated”Â bill “that proposes national funding for, and access to, reproductive healthcare services and products,” cleared “a major hurdle on [Monday] after being approved by a committee of the Philippines House of Representatives” (2/1). Biliran Rep. Rogelio…
Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “urged developed nations to help him wipe out polio ‘once and for all’ at an event to release his third annual letter [.pdf] Monday,” Agence France-Presse reports.