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The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Policy Tracker provides a single reference point for the latest information on Congressional and Administrative action on global health, including the status of key legislation, policies and programs, government reports, hearings, events, and other resources. Links to supporting materials, such as full bill texts, Member statements, and Congressional committee information, are also provided. RSS feeds are available.  A related Budget Tracker provides updated information throughout the budget and appropriations process.

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Administration releases report identifying research needs to study the human health impacts of climate change

The Administration released a report titled “A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change.” The report was produced by an interagency working group led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and “highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change.”

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

During a Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the priorities of the FY11 request including funding that supports the Global Health Initiative (GHI), efforts to improve global food security, and increasing the capacity of USAID. Administrator Shah also discussed the principles guiding USAID’s efforts, the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Development Policy (PSD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), USAID’s work in Haiti, and the supplemental funding request for Haiti.

Opening Statement by Senator Leahy at a Congressional hearing on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, to discuss the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT, Chair) stated that “USAID needs to change its culture, and change the way it does business.” Following Senator Leahy’s remarks, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided testimony on the FY 2011 budget request for USAID.

S. 3229 – Sustainable Urban Development Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states “it is the policy of the United States . . . to ensure access to . . . safe water and sanitation.” The bill also calls on the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to “develop a strategy to foster sustainable urban development in developing countries that updates the Making Cities Work Urban Strategy.”

Administration Statements on World Health Day

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice released statements commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.”

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack discusses Global Food Security

During remarks at the Partners in Agriculture Global Food Security Symposium, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of investing in long-term efforts to improve food security, the G8 agriculture ministers meeting, and stated that “food security efforts must be country-led and country-driven and focused at the local and community level.”

Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Health Day

In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,” Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), other U.S. efforts by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,” and stated “the United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.”