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USAID Administrator Discusses Administration’s TB Budget In U.S. House; Advocates Worry Funding Cuts Could Harm Global Progress Against Disease

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: With TB now No. 1 global infectious disease killer, USAID justifies cuts to global TB funding
Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, reports on a House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee hearing where USAID Administrator Gayle Smith testified on USAID’s budget, and highlights the discussion around cuts to the USAID TB program. Aziz writes, “While the Obama administration has proposed cuts to the USAID TB program for the past five years, Congress has always reversed the cuts. This time, however, advocates argue that a reversal of cuts is not enough: new funds are needed to implement the National Action Plan to Combat MDR-TB, or else TB will remain the world’s biggest infectious disease killer” (3/17).