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Kerry Defends FY15 Global Health Budget At House Subcommittee Meeting

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on Thursday’s House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations hearing, where Secretary of State John Kerry “lauded U.S. aims and achievements in global health… pointing to the administration’s proposed $1.35 billion contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, as well as to President Obama’s call for ‘an AIDS-free generation,’ adding that goal ‘would have been absolutely unthinkable 10 years ago.’ … Global health advocates, though, have said that Obama’s proposal, which [is] calling for the same $4.35 billion [in bilateral funding] for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief allocated for 2014, flatfunds a program that has seen $600 million in [bilateral funding] cuts since 2011, will be inadequate to fund the accelerated efforts needed to turn the trajectory of the global AIDS pandemic…” (Barton, 3/13).