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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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State Department launches Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

The State Department announced the launch of the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative (GBV Initiative).  According to a State Department press release, the initiative is a global program that will address the immediate security needs of survivors and those who are under credible threat of GBV by providing…

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before House and Senate Subcommittees on FY15 budget request

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (March 12), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations (March 13), and House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 13) on the State and Foreign Operations FY15 budget request. During opening remarks at the House…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). Introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th) and passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the legislation would aim to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan…

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…

USAID releases report on women’s equality and empowerment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new report titled, “Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000.” According to a USAID press release, the report “evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.”

White House releases FY15 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, is outlined in the State…

GAO releases report on prepositioning of U.S. international food aid

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed,” which examines the effect of prepositioning U.S. international food aid in areas with historically high need on delivery time and costs.…

USAID releases 2013 Health-Related Research Report to Congress

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its 2013 research-related report to Congress. Titled “Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report: An Update of the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy,” the report “provides an update, broken down by health area, on the agency’s work under its multi-year strategy for health-related research…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other…