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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 »

November 11, 2009

Spending Bill Boosts Family Planning Funding, But Disappoints on Permanent Gag Rule Repeal

On December 10th, the House of Representatives debated and passed an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2010 containing a significant funding increase for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) programs but which dropped a Senate amendment that would have … Continue reading »