Washington Memo

April 12, 2011

Final Spending Bill Cuts Funding for Women’s Health in Developing Countries

The spending bill (H.R. 1473) that will fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 was introduced in Congress today. The bill contains disappointing cuts to international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs, but does not impose … Continue reading »

November 4, 2010

Election Outcome a Serious Setback for Family Planning

Population Action International’s preliminary analysis of the November 2nd congressional election results shows a significant reduction in the level of political support for international family planning and reproductive health programs on Capitol Hill. U.S. House of Representatives In the House, family … Continue reading »

October 12, 2010

FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Offers Unrealistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration

FY 2011 Country Operational Plan Guidance Fails to Offer Detailed and Realistic Plan to Support HIV-FP Integration In PEPFAR’s (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) annual Country Operational Plan (COP) guidance to the field, the Obama administration in principle continues … Continue reading »

July 29, 2010

Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal

Senate Committee Adopts Permanent Global Gag Rule Repeal This afternoon, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) successfully offered an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule during the Senate Appropriations Committee’s consideration of the bill that funds the State Department and … Continue reading »

June 30, 2010

House Bill Proposes Remarkable Family Planning Funding Increase, Disappoints on Policy Change

The House State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee approved $735 million for bilateral and multilateral funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs during their markup of the FY 2011 appropriations bill yesterday afternoon. Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and her subcommittee … Continue reading »

June 18, 2010

Global Health Initiative Details Emerge

On Friday morning, the U.S. government announced the first eight Global Health Initiative(GHI) focus countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Malawi, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Guatemala.  The Global Health Initiative promises to bring renewed attention to reproductive health and the 215 million women … Continue reading »

May 13, 2010

Global Fund to Emphasize Maternal and Child Health, Family Planning

The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria is urging countries to invest in maternal and child health (MCH) programming as it prepares to launch its next Round of funding later this month. The Global Fund’s Board decided at its … Continue reading »

March 5, 2010

2011 Family Planning Budget Request Largest Ever

Although the federal budget was released on February 1st, final decisions on the funding for family planning and reproductive health were just made public today by the State Department with the release of the congressional budget justification document for foreign assistance. … Continue reading »

March 5, 2010

FY 2011 President’s Budget Request for International Family Planning & Reproductive Health Programs

Bilateral Assistance — U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) As spelled out in White House budget document, the FY 2011 request increases funding for the President’s Global Health Initiative and states: “The Administration will build on its commitment to save millions … Continue reading »

December 2, 2009

New PEPFAR 5-Year Strategy Analysis

Yesterday the Obama administration announced a very positive step forward with their new five year strategy for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief.  The long-awaited, revamped strategy reflects President Obama’s priorities for PEPFAR, grounded in the reality from the field. Pragmatism and … Continue reading »