Congress returned to Capitol Hill this week to deal with Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) appropriations and funding the domestic response to Zika. With fewer than 20 days remaining in the Congressional schedule before the election and FY16 ending on September 30, little time remains for Congress to address these issues. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats…

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Although the timeline for the budget process for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) is pushed back due to the elections, GHC, in coordination with the global health advocacy community, this week submitted its recommendations for key global health accounts to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In a non-election year, OMB would begin crafting the…

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Earlier this week the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the State, Foreign Operations and Other Related Agencies fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill. Global Health funding saw a modest 6% increase, with increases for TB, malaria, and maternal and child health (primarily due to an increase in funding to Gavi). The Committee rejected the President’s recommended…

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The world is currently not on track to achieve any of the six global nutrition targets that were agreed to by WHO in 2012. The World Bank, Results for Development, and 1,000 Days, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, did an in-depth costing analysis and investment…

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Last week, the White House requested that unobligated Ebola funding be reprogrammed to combat the Zika virus. The President had previously requested $1.9 billion emergency funding, but the request had stalled as Republican appropriators pushed for the use of unobligated funds. It is unclear which accounts the funding will come from. It is expected that…

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This week USAID Administrator Gayle Smith appeared before several Congressional Committees on the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget for USAID. Appearing before the House Committee on Foreign Relations and both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on State and Foreign Operations, Administrator Smith testified how the budget request for global health helps USAID to…

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With the President’s proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget on Capitol Hill since early February, Congressional hearings on the budget have begun. Secretary of State John Kerry has appeared before both the House and Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, as well as before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations…

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The White House released the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) in early February. Global health programs at USAID and the State Department would be funded at $8,577 million, which is $73 million above the FY16 enacted levels. The maternal and child health (MCH), malaria and family planning and reproductive health accounts were…

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On September 2, GHC co-hosted a webinar with Action for Global Health (AfGH) on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and financing in global health. During the webinar, Marco Simonelli, Joachim Ruppel, and Tim Roosen from AfGH presented their report “Health Financing: Unpacking Trends in ODA for Health”, which analyzes and compares European donors’ economic capacity and…

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