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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…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day introduced in House

United States House Representative André Carson (D-IN7) introduced a resolution (H. Res. 493) designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. House of Representatives “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments, diagnostics, and cures…

Resolution supporting Rare Disease Day passed in Senate

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution (S. Res. 368), originally introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), designating February 28, 2014 as ‘Rare Disease Day.’ Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “supports a national and global commitment to improving access to, and developing new treatments,…

Administration releases “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development”

The Administration released the “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” (PPD-6). PPD-6 was originally signed by the President on September 22, 2010, but was not released to the public until February 24, 2014 due to the Administration’s decision to cite executive privilege. According to a White House fact sheet released at…

Administration statements in response to enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Obama released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda saying that the law “will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.” Additionally, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement expressing concern “about the law’s…

U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

Secretary Kerry releases statement commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) saying, among other things, that “[t]he United States is committed to stemming the tide of this gross injustice and to improving healthcare for women and children suffering from…