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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…

President Obama provides welcoming remarks at CUGH Conference

President Barack Obama released a video statement welcoming the 2014 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference and affirmed CUGH’s partnership with the U.S. government. In his remarks, President Obama highlighted the work of the U.S. government to improve health and development around the world through “a new focus on partnerships that…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement on the passage of Uganda’s “HIV Prevention and Control Act”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the passage of Uganda’s HIV Prevention and Control Act, which among other things, criminalizes “‘attempted transmission of HIV’ and ‘intentional transmission of HIV’ with penalties of up to ten years imprisonment.” In her statement, Ambassador Birx called “for the…

HHS and European Commission release first progress report on efforts against antimicrobial resistance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the European Commission released the first progress report of the Transatlantic Taskforce on Antimicrobial Resistance (TATFAR), a collaboration between the U.S. and European Union to tackle antimicrobial resistance globally. Among other things, the report “renews the commitment of U.S. and…

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) 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 things, improved food security…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2015. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations, which…

USAID announces launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020”

In commemoration of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “support of the delivery of 1 billion Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries,” the agency announced the launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020.” According to…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…