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At Senate Hearing, Advocates, Senators Underscore Critical Role Of U.S. Government In Advancing Global Health, Including NTD Efforts

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Powerful Testimonies Urge Action on Neglected Tropical Diseases Selma Melkich, policy coordinator for the Global Network, discusses a recent Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing on global health programs. “…The testimonies from this panel of experts underscore the critical…

Cuts To R&D Funding May Threaten Progress Toward HIV Vaccine, Panelists Say

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Budget cuts threaten HIV vaccine development, say experts Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reports from an HIV Vaccine Awareness Day event that took place on Monday and hosted by AVAC, IAVI, and the Bill & Melinda…

Primer Examines TPP’s Potential Impact On Drugs’ Data Exclusivity

Brookings Institution’s “Health360”: Health Policy 101: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Impact Prescription Drugs This primer discusses biologic and biosimilar drugs and concerns over “the length of data exclusivity granted to the companies that hold the patents on these drugs” contained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement…

U.S. Must Maintain Investments In HIV Vaccine, Prevention Research

The Hill: Choosing the worst time to scale back AIDS research Mitchell Warren, executive director of AVAC “…For the first time, we can honestly talk about how to end the AIDS epidemic — and we have not only researchers, advocates, and trial participants to thank, but also American taxpayers. But…

U.S. Government Officials Recognize HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

AIDS.gov: Statement from Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, on HIV Vaccine Awareness Day “With no current cure for HIV/AIDS, an HIV vaccine could be a game changer in our effort to control and end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. HIV…

Colombia To End Herbicide Spraying In Coca Fields, Recognizing Health Concerns

NPR: Colombia Will End Coca Crop-Dusting, Citing Health Concerns “…Over the years, Colombian police planes have sprayed [coca] fields with a powerful weed killer. It’s part of a government program to destroy coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. Since it began in 1994, the program has received more…