During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
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.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a “Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting” on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (875 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005). The event will feature discussion of the “updates to MCC’s selection indicators, the proposed Indonesia Compact, Tunisia’s eligibility for a Threshold Program, and results from Armenia.”
Administration officials discuss U.S. efforts to alleviate hunger in the State Department's "Conversations With America" video series
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderated a State Department video discussion with Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative Tjada Mckenna and Bread for the World President David Beckmann titled “Conversations With America: Ending Hunger Through Development.” During her remarks, Deputy Coordinator Mckenna discussed U.S. efforts to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary approved (12-6) the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (S.1301).
Read a Senator Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) press release on Committee approval of the bill here.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights; recent-year funding trends; and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”
In a speech titled “Embracing Enlightened Capitalism” given at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Public-Private Partnership Forum, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah summarized the role of public-private partnerships in meeting development objectives and highlighted how USAID is currently partnering with the private sector to meet its goals in, among other things, the areas of health and food security.
USAID announces global health related partnerships during Public Private Partnership Week:
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HP to collaborate on projects that, among other things, promote science, technology, and global health.
In a letter to Congress, the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew summarized the Administration’s FY 2012 budget priorities stating that “[i]f the President is presented with a bill that undermines critical domestic priorities or national security through funding levels or language restrictions . . . the President will veto the bill.” Among other things, the letter highlights the State and Foreign Operations budget as a security priority and states “[t]he Administration will strongly oppose legislation that decimates vital, bipartisan efforts like global health programs, food security, and global climate change initiatives.”
USAID Global Water Coordinator discusses water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges and U.S. programs
During remarks titled “Turning Impossible Challenges into Solvable Problems,” given at the University of North Carolina’s Water Institute, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes outlined global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges and summarized U.S. efforts to address these challenges through programs under the Water for the Poor Act (WfP), Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI), and through public-private partnerships.
The President signed H.R. 2608 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 into law (Public Law #112-36) authorizing appropriations for FY 2012 through November 18, 2011 at a rate that is 1.503% less than the FY 2011 enacted levels.