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Administration actions and resources on Women’s Equality Day

In recognition of Women’s Equality Day, which takes place each year on August 26th, President Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the day, and the White House released a fact sheet titled “Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls.” The fact sheet outlines efforts by the Administration to support women and…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Combating the Ebola Threat” with testimony from Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ariel…

Senate passes resolution expressing support of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

The Senate approved a resolution (S.Res.522) expressing support for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, to be held in Washington, D.C. from August 4-6, 2014. Among other things, the resolution states that the Senate “supports innovations in development and an expanded partnership with the private sector, including in the areas of energy,…

Administration statements and actions during the 2014 International AIDS Conference

During the 20th International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20-25, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and video interviews, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. A summary of Administration announcements, resources, and speeches is provided below. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ambassador Deborah…

Resolution in support of GAVI Alliance introduced in House

U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced a resolution (H.Res.688) “[s]upporting the role of the United States in ensuring children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance.” The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “affirms…

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY15 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the FY 2015 Departments of Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. A draft report released by the committee provided funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty…

USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced over $4.8 million “to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage” and support implementation of “Ending Child Marriage & Meeting the Needs of Married Children: The USAID Vision for Action.”

FDA releases guidance for NTD drug development

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the “Guidance for Industry on Neglected Tropical Diseases of the Developing World: Developing Drugs for Treatment or Prevention.” The guidance addresses the FDA’s “current thinking regarding the overall drug development program for the treatment or prevention of NTDs.”

State Department releases fact sheet on policy guidance promoting gender equality

The U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Department of State Policy Guidance: Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls,” which states that “Secretary Kerry has directed all embassies and bureaus to continue to prioritize these issues in all of their diplomatic, development,…