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U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House blog post: “Ebola Update from the Desk of Dr. Anthony Fauci” (October 24, 2014) White House fact sheet: “The U.S. Government’s Response to Ebola…

Health related statements and actions during the U.S.-India Bilateral Summit

Following a U.S. and India bilateral summit held on September 30, 2014, , President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India released a joint statement announcing, among other things, the launch of “a new phase of the U.S.-India Vaccine Action Program to develop affordable vaccines for dengue, malaria,…

Global Health Security Agenda Summit held at the White House

On September 26, the White House held a summit to discuss progress and commitments towards the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which was launched on February 13, 2014. According to a fact sheet released by the White House about the summit, President Obama and senior Administration officials met “with Ministers…

IOM releases report on investing in global health systems

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled “Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives” in response to a request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau on Global Health “to explain how health system improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make…

PMI releases draft strategy for 2015-2020 and invites public comment

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its draft malaria strategy for 2015-2020 along with an invitation for public comment. Among other things, the draft strategy outlines three objectives to be achieved by 2020: “Reduce malaria mortality by one-third from 2015 levels in PMI focus countries, achieving a greater than 80% reduction…

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…

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…

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…

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.”