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Promoting health through the life course

Donald Trump vs. Women’s Health

In the US delayed detection is one of the reasons that a disease like cervical cancer has one of the lowest survival rates in the developed world. This is due in some part to lack of healthcare insurance cover, where women seek help far too late. In addition, Trump is undermining the fight against cervical cancer by seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, which performs some 270,000 cervical screenings annually. Then there is the expanded global gag rule which slashes abortion advice and the cut-off of funds for the UN Population Fund, another major player in reducing cervical cancer deaths

May 20, 2017
New York Times

African countries to feel worst of US health aid cuts, report says

New findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation indicate that African countries, and those where abortion services are legal, will likely feel the greatest impact of the U.S. ‘global gag rule’ – also known as the Mexico City Policy. The U.S. provided bilateral global health assistance to 65 countries in fiscal year 2016, and more than half of them (34) were African. With the reintroduction of this policy $8bn in U.S. global health assistance is at stake which was previously tied to just U.S. family planning funding. Potentially expanded guidelines for funding roll this out wider across the 34 nations and encourage NGOs to discontinue legal activities in order to comply

May 5, 2017

US may go cheek by jowl with women’s rights abusers at UN gender talks

Donald Trump’s ‘global gag rule’ could align the U.S. with Iran, Sudan, Syria and other countries targeted by his U.S. travel ban at the Commission on the Status of Women talks in New York 

March 13, 2017
The Guardian

Health systems

Health Sector Prepares for Antiabortion Policy’s Impact on HIV/AIDS Fight

Health officials and experts said they will monitor how the Trump administration’s expansion of an anti-abortion policy affects a longstanding initiative to beat back the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. How the new policy will affect the U.S. war on HIV overseas will depend in part on which foreign NGOs sign the new clause to receive PEPFAR funding, a senior State department official said. The detailed data PEPFAR regularly collects on the use of its funding would be watched closely for signs that its reach is either being expanded or is being restricted

May 16, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Trump expansion of abortion ‘gag rule’ will restrict $8.8 billion in U.S. aid

President Trump’s executive order to block U.S. aid to groups abroad that counsel or provide referrals about abortion went into effect Monday and will restrict nearly $9bn in foreign health assistance. Senior administration officials confirmed that Trump’s executive order will hit programmes such as AIDS, malaria and child health. About $6bn of this money supports HIV/Aids services, primarily in Africa, as part of the PEPFAR programme established in 2003. Another initiative expected to be hard hit is the President’s Malaria Initiative 

May 15, 2017
Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Guardian
May 16, 2017
NBCNews, Sky News
May 15, 2017
Devex, Reuters