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April 2016
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
IDSA, HIVMA Advocate for Funding for Antimicrobial Resistance, HIV, Other ID Programs
IDSA Capitol Hill Briefing on Antimicrobial Resistance (L to R): Jason Newland, MD, FPIDS, Washington University School of Medicine; Michael Craig, MPP, CDC; Jane M. Knisely, PhD, NIAID; Joe Larson, PhD, BARDA; Neena Anandaraman, DVM, MPH, US Dept. of Agriculture; Alicia Cole,  Antibiotic-Resistant Infection Survivor.
 
IDSA President Johann S. Bakken, MD, PhD, FIDSA, and HIVMA Board Chair Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA, submitted testimony this month to House and Senate appropriators, urging robust federal funding for key HIV (PDF) and infectious diseases (PDF) programs. 
 
IDSA has led advocacy efforts in support of continued funding for implementation of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Following an active February that featured a congressional briefing on federal antimicrobial resistance (AR) programs and an advocacy day on Capitol Hill, in March nearly 50 groups wrote to House and Senate appropriators (PDF) asking that they continue to support funding for AR programs. 
 
IDSA members can help by using the Action Center to join in advocacy for federal funding to address AR. It only takes three minutes.


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