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House Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved (31-8) the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $198.126 million for…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator discusses PEPFAR at USAID town hall

On May 2, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx provided remarks at a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) town hall on “her vision for the next stage of PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).” According to a USAID Impact Blog post titled “The Future of PEPFAR” by…

‘Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014’ introduced in House

Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) introduced the “Global Health Worker Protection Act of 2014” (H.R. 4747). Among other things, the bill would prohibit “the Central Intelligence Agency [(CIA)] and any other department or agency… [from using] health or humanitarian workers or activities, including immunization and vaccination campaigns, health education and…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (S. 2389). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $185.126 million for…

USAID releases “Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy: 2014-2025”

During the 2014 Chicago Council Global Food Symposium, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “2014-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy.” According to a USAID press release, the new strategy aims to, among other things, “reduce the number…

USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

2014 Feed the Future Progress Report released at Feed the Future Global Forum

During the first-ever Feed the Future (FtF) Global Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the  release of the “2014 Feed the Future Progress Report: Accelerating Progress to End Global Hunger.” According to a USAID press release, the “report outlines how Feed the Future is working to scale-up…

NIAID releases statement commemorating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement commemorating HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, which takes place each year on May 18. Among other things, the statement notes, “NIAID remains committed to the important research needed to find the vaccine…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement “on PEPFAR’s Approach to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) approach to achieving an AIDS-Free Generation, emphasizing that PEPFAR’s “continued success requires that we strengthen core elements of health systems essential to service delivery and sustainability (e.g., supply chain, human resources…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…