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GHTC Congressional Briefing Focuses On Protecting Global Health Research Investments

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Communications Officer Kim Lufkin summarizes the group’s annual congressional briefing, “which focused on how U.S. policymakers can protect the nation’s investments in global health research in upcoming budget discussions.” She writes, “As the panelists stressed, there are several compelling…

Shrinking U.S. Investment In Scientific R&D ‘Affects The Whole World’

In his State of the Union address on February 12, President Barack Obama “called for a new era of scientific discovery,” an Economist editorial states, adding, “This would mean spending more on research.” But “[a]s The Economist went to press, America’s government was about to do the opposite,” the editorial states, noting federal spending…

U.S. Announces Non-Lethal Aid To Syrian Opposition, Including Food, Medical Supplies

“The U.S. unveiled a package of non-lethal aid to the Syrian opposition, as the U.K. was expected to provide combat gear, in a new Western effort to support the fight against President Bashar al-Assad that Syrian rebels immediately blasted as insufficient,” the Wall Street Journal reports (Solomon/Malas, 2/28). “U.S. Secretary of…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby Discusses Global Health Diplomacy At Kaiser Family Foundation Event

“As the federal government works to reform America’s beleaguered health system, the State Department’s new Office of Global Health Diplomacy is trying integrate the U.S. government’s international health aid efforts and help governments in developing countries create sustainable health care funding and care models,” Government Health IT reports, highlighting a town hall…

Associated Press Examines International Aid To Afghanistan As Troops Withdraw

The Associated Press examines how the “impending withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign combat forces” from Afghanistan is affecting international aid to the country, which is “on the decline because of donor fatigue and fears of deteriorating security after nearly 12 years of war.” The news agency continues, “Worried about losing hard-won…

Speculation Continues Over Possible Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“The U.S. Food for Peace, a food aid program with an annual $2 billion price tag, is reportedly being considered to be replaced with a more direct cash donation system, angering [some] senators and grassroots organizations,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog reports. “No official announcement has come out yet, but at least 20…

CSIS Report Examines Global Health Policy In Second Obama Term

“I am pleased to share with you a new report [.pdf] and video series from the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, ‘Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term,'” J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, writes…

GHTC Report Warns Of Cuts To U.S. Global Health Funding, Provides Steps To Strengthen Global Health R&D

“According to a new report released Tuesday by the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), a U.S. umbrella group, sequestration could shrink global health spending at the State Department and USAID,” as well as the National Institutes of Health, Inter Press Service reports in an article examining “the global health impact of historic, sweeping cuts…

Recommendations For PEPFAR To Improve Data Collection, Use, Distribution

Noting the release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) PEPFAR evaluation and an October 2012 report of the Data Working Group (DWG) of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), Mead Over and Rachel Silverman of the Center for Global Development propose in the group’s “Global Health Policy” blog “four recommendations where there seems to be…