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May 2009
Vol. 19 No. 5
Global ID
Obama’s Budget for Global Health Raises Concerns Among HIV/TB Advocates

The Center for Global Health Policy at IDSA released a detailed analysis of President Barack Obama’s $63 billion six-year global health budget proposal, raising concerns about FY 2010 funding levels for vital programs to fight global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

The Center’s assessment shows that while some significant increases are promised for later years, the administration is proposing FY 2010 funding levels for HIV and TB that fall far short of what is needed to address the urgency of these diseases.

“These health emergencies will not wait until 2011, and, since both diseases are major drags on the global economy, it makes good economic sense to aggressively confront them,” said the Center’s director, Christine Lubinski.

In addition, while the administration called for a stronger emphasis on strengthening health systems in poor countries, there was no serious money in the budget for such an effort.

Read more about the Center’s take on the White House global health plan and catch up on other recent HIV and TB news at www.sciencespeaks.wordpress.com. Other recent postings include:

  • Strong praise for the administration’s choice of Thomas Frieden, MD, to be the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Frieden’s experience of battling drug-resistant tuberculosis in New York and mounting an aggressive campaign against HIV/AIDS bodes well for the CDC’s leadership on these deadly infectious diseases.
  • A new look at the effectiveness of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and how the program might be preventing new HIV infections, albeit without lowering prevalence rates.
  • A story about James Hakim, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, who visited Washington in May. The Center hosted Dr. Hakim for part of his visit and co-sponsored a discussion of Zimbabwe’s health care system at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. The Global Center organized Dr. Hakim’s talk and an ensuing visit to Capitol Hill as part of its efforts to bring the voices of developing country physician/scientists into the American foreign policy debate.

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