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August 2009
Vol. 19 No. 8
Global ID
Congressional Efforts to Overhaul Foreign Assistance Raise Concerns

The IDSA/HIVMA’s Center for Global Health Policy has serious concerns about the implications of congressional proposals for overhauling U.S. foreign assistance, fearing the legislation could lead to a diminished U.S. commitment to combating infectious diseases, particularly AIDS and tuberculosis.

Earlier this month, the Global Center submitted a formal response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s “concept paper,” which outlined the panel’s plans for revamping foreign aid. The Global Center noted that the committee’s initial outline did not list global health as a priority and argued that health must continue to be one of the “cornerstones of U.S. foreign assistance.”

Read more about the Global Center’s concerns, including the formal response and the House committee’s concept paper, at sciencespeaks.wordpress.com.
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