In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.
Breakthroughs Blog: PEPFAR
The Trump administration’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) includes cuts that—if enacted—would hamstring the research and development (R&D) of new global health technologies. Since the release of the budget request in early March, however, lawmakers from both parties have expressed their commitment to shielding critical funding strings from the president’s scissors.
On February 15, President Trump signed into law a bipartisan spending bill—averting another partial government shutdown and ensuring full-year funding for the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2019. The months-long saga ended with some great news for global health and research and development.
On February 5, President Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. Among the long list of policy proposals and pledges in the speech was one of great interest to the global health research community—an announcement of a new whole-of-government plan to eliminate HIV transmission in the United States by 2030.