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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 fact sheet: “U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” (September 16, 2014) Remarks by President Obama on the Ebola outbreak (September 16,…

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.”

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,…

USAID announces new efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Governments of Ethiopia and India, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held a high-level forum titled “Acting On The Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah provided…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

Administration Statements on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the U.S. commitment to humanitarian and refugee assistance worldwide. Resources: Read President Obama’s remarks here. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. State Department fact sheet: “World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America’s Response” State Department’s…