Fwd: Sign-on by 3/27: Urge Congress to Protect the Fogarty International Center

By Erica Lessem | 20 Mar, 2017

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Dear Colleagues,

As many of you already know, among the devestating cuts to NIH research
outlined in the President's "skinny" budget proposal is the complete loss
of the Fogarty International Center. The center has an important history in
training scientists, expanding collaboration on HIV research globally, and
is currently a top funder of TB research. This cut and others are described
in a statement TAG released today: http://bit.ly/2nsBg7j

Join TAG and sign-on to a letter
<http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/content/sign-letter-protect-nih-fogarty-i...>
to Congress and leadership urging that they reject these cuts to eliminate
Fogarty International Center and to protect an important global health
research institution.

*To read the letter and sign-on, please click here
<http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/content/sign-letter-protect-nih-fogarty-i...>.
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*Sign-on Deadline: *Monday, March 27 COB

Please share widely with your networks. Letter is also pasted below for
convenience. Any questions should be directed to
. Thanks for taking action.

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Letter:

*March 20, 2017*

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Senate Minority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and
Democratic Leader Pelosi:

We the undersigned organizations and individuals urge Congress to reject
devastating funding cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
proposed under the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 “skinny budget,”
released on March 16, 2017. Of grave concern is the targeted elimination of
the Fogarty International Center at NIH. This indiscriminate cut
jeopardizes life-saving research required to end devastating global
diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS, as well as malaria, dengue,
and Ebola.

The Fogarty Center’s central mission is to support training programs and
operational research for the next generation of global health scientists,
and to foster collaboration between U.S. scientists and their peers abroad.
Of particular note is the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program, which
builds the multi-disciplinary biomedical, behavioral, and social science
research capacity of scientists in the U.S. and abroad in HIV/AIDS
treatment, prevention, and care. Since 1988, this program has trained over
2,000 scientists from 100 countries. This program has allowed the U.S. to
lead in shaping the global body of knowledge on HIV/AIDS, and support vital
research in areas heavily impacted by HIV/AIDS to inform the response
globally and in the U.S.

The Fogarty Center is also a leader in funding neglected disease research.
For example, the Center has provided $13.1 million in grant funding to TB
research over the last 3 years, ranking it one of the top 25 donors of TB
research. The elimination of the Fogarty Center would perpetuate a
discouraging downward trend in research funding for neglected diseases like
TB.

Though the Fogarty Center’s annual budget to achieve such important work is
just $70 million, the cost of eliminating it would be large to the American
science sector. The President’s FY 18 budget would disrupt over 60 grants
on HIV alone, including research focused on the prevention of
mother-to-child HIV transmission, HIV epidemiology and surveillance, HIV/TB
co-infection, meningitis, and hepatitis C. Fogarty funding for TB research
has supported jobs at more than 15 U.S. universities, including the
University of Georgia, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Tulane,
Baylor, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Harvard, University of
Minnesota, Berkeley, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Emory. Eliminating Fogarty
Center grants would keep American scientists from pursuing vital research
to improve the health and welfare of Americans. It would also impede
national health security.

Of considerable interest to U.S. national security is the Fogarty Center’s
Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies (DIEPS),
which conducts research critical to the development and implementation of
domestic and U.S. countermeasures for pandemic influenza and potential
bioterror agents. Losing DIEPS would hamper our nation’s ability to respond
to emerging public health threats.

Supporting American science is essential. The Fogarty Center allows the
U.S. to be a global leader in the pursuit to end HIV/AIDS, TB, and other
diseases through robust science. With public health threats such as Zika,
Ebola, and drug-resistant TB, the Fogarty Center strengthens both domestic
and global health security. Continuing to cut NIH research funding in any
form undermines the prospect of achieving desperately needed breakthroughs
in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for these diseases. We
implore Congress to defend against elimination of the Fogarty International
Center at the NIH in the President’s FY 18 budget proposal and reject any
funding cuts associated with supporting scientific research.

Respectfully submitted,

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*Suraj Madoori*
Senior Health Policy Officer
*Treatment Action Group*
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www.treatmentactiongroup.org


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Erica Lessem, MPH
Director, TB/HIV Project
Treatment Action Group
90 Broad St, Suite 2503
New York, NY 10004 USA
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