Posts Tagged Global Health Initiative

The Case for a Global NTD Initiative

October 21st, 2011

As the ONE Campaign Germany. Find the English version below:

By Dr. Neeraj Mistry, Managing Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

In my previous blog post, I identified neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as some of the most common yet widely unrecognized diseases currently in the global health arena. NTDs have debilitating effectsimpairing the health, economic development and education of the world’s poorest people, also known as the “bottom billion.” We call them neglected diseases because the 1.4 billion people who suffer from NTDs are often far from the houses and minds of people living in the developed world. It’s not all bad news, though. Not only are many of these diseases entirely treatable and preventable, but there have already been significant steps taken towards the control and elimination of NTDs.

Through the remarkable commitment of the United States, the United Kingdom and members of the G8, we have seen enormous gains in the treatment and prevention of NTDs around the world. The U.S. government’s commitment to eliminating NTDs has rapidly expanded in recent years. Through the establishment of USAID’s NTD program, the U.S. created a unique and extremely cost-effective public-private partnership that successfully facilitated the first large-scale efforts to integrate existing disease-specific treatment programs. Since its launch in 2006, the USAID NTD program, in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, has expanded to countries across Africa, Asia and the Americasimproving the lives of more than 168 million people by delivering approximately 387 million NTD treatments, and training more than 200,000 community workers. Read more: The Case for a Global NTD Initiative

USAID Confirms FY 2011 Funding Level for NTDs

August 16th, 2011

USAID has recently confirmed that the fiscal year (FY) 2011 funding level for USAID’s NTD Program will be $77 million. This figure, although below the President’s original FY11 request of $155 million, is a $12 million increase from the program’s FY10 allocation of $65 million. The United States has now collectively appropriated $212 million over a six-year period toward NTD control and elimination programs, building on the generous drug donations from the pharmaceutical industry.  It is unknown what FY12 will bring under the new debt ceiling agreement and whether or not this funding level can be maintained; however, given the current economic climate, it is a huge win in the fight against NTDs!

Addressing NTDs, which began in FY06, is an objective within the click here.


Modest Increases Proposed for U.S. Global Health Program Funding

February 15th, 2011

Yesterday, the Obama administration released its budget request for fiscal year 2012. The Administration is proposing a 2% increase towards the ScienceMag posts about the injurious nature of the proposed cuts by the House of Representatives.

The continuing resolution reductions introduced by the chair of the appropriations committee, Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY), would cut $783.5 million from the main component of GHI, the Global Health and Child Survival effort, which supports treatment and prevention programs for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), family planning, and nutrition efforts. The continuing resolution would take away another $300 million in contributions to the Global Fund.

Deep cuts in funding will have a pernicious impact on Sabin Vaccine Institute, specializes in vaccine development for NTDs. Dr.Hotez expresses that “[NTD control is] such a good buy for public health,” emphasizing that increasing GHI funds would further the United States efforts to expand NTD control and elimination programs past the dozen countries the U.S now helps.

The proposed House cuts will be extremely harmful to the well-being of global health. Millions of people would die from preventable diseases due to lack of treatment and access to drugs. According to Helene Gayle, head of CARE USA, “such drastic cuts in GHI funding will contribute to pushing more people around the world in poverty this year, with Africa expected to be the hardest hit.

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Reading List 2/7/2011

February 7th, 2011

Happy Monday readers! Heres a brand new reading list to help jump start your week! Today were reading about how poor sanitation can make children susceptible to contracting parasitic worms, what Yemen is doing to meet the 2015 deadline for the Global Funds newly announced anti-corruption measures, and mass school-wide deworming in Bihar, India.

Poor sanitation makes EWS kids vulnerable to parasitic worms, Archana Jyoti, The Pioneer Yemen Adopts Fast-Track Approach to Meet MDGs, Yemen Post Global Fund announces new anti-corruption measures, John Heilprin, Associated Press Mass de-worming drive for Bihar children from Monday, The Hindu