The Senate voted in favor of confirming Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health.
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H.R. 3293 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010
The bill, as passed by the House, provides $323 million for global health activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $300 million to the Global Fund through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and $70 million to the John E. Fogarty International Center. The bill also authorizes a total of $545.5 million to address Pandemic Influenza.
Timeline of the bill:
- The bill was introduced and reported on by the House Committee on Appropriations on July 22, 2009.
- The bill was passed by the House (264-153) on July 24, 2009.
Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discusses PEPFAR and U.S. global health policy during International AIDS Society Conference
During the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed U.S. global health policy and the role of PEPFAR under the new Administration.
In a report commissioned by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and titled “An Aging World: 2008”, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that “in just over 30 years, the proportion of older people (65 and older) will double from 7 percent to 14 percent of the total world population.” The report outlines health and other issues in both developed and developing countries that will accompany this demographic change.
President Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 4th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. Government efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.” According to the report, “the United States obligated more than $1 billion for water- and sanitation-related activities in developing countries (excluding Iraq)” and “includes â€“ for the first time â€“ country specific plans for achieving U.S. goals and objectives along with measurable indicators to track progress and report results.”
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Fogarty International Center, both of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), join similar agencies from Australia, Canada, China, and the U.K. to create the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), â€œthe first collaboration of major research funding agencies to address the specific needs of chronic noncommunicable diseases.â€ The GACD â€œplans to facilitate collaborative funding activities for innovative, original research directed at the prevention and treatment of chronic diseasesâ€ and will focus â€œon the needs of low and middle income countries, and on those of low income populations of more developed countries.â€
NHLBI funds research and training centers aimed at prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in developing countries
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced an effort to create “a worldwide network of research and training centers [that] will build institutional and community capacity to prevent and control chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, lung diseases, and diabetes.â€ The NHLBI will be awarding a total of $34 million in 10 contracts to establish a worldwide network of partnerships “led by a research institution in a low- or middle-income developing country paired with at least one partner academic institution in a developed country to enhance research and training opportunities.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new drug development initiative called the Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program, or TRND. Initiated with $24 million in funding, the program is dedicated to producing new treatments for rare and neglected diseases.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive funds to support the “Framework Program for Global Health” (FRAME), which provides grants to schools that “develop multidisciplinary Global Health curricula for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.”