In an Op-Ed for Global Health and Diplomacy titled “Saving More Lives Than Ever,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights U.S. efforts to address global health issues and summarizes recent actions to improve upon these efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and by elevating health as a diplomatic priority, which includes creation of the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State.
During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Barack Obama discussed U.S. efforts to combat human trafficking and announced new efforts the U.S. will take to address the issue including increased resources for victims, training to identify and assist victims, an executive order strengthening protections in federal contracts, and the development of a first-ever strategic plan to strengthen services for victims.
- White House Fact Sheet: “The Obama Administration Announces Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking at Home and Abroad”
- White House Fact Sheet: “Executive Order Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts”
- White House Press Release: “Executive Order – Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts”
- White House Blog: “Empowering Women and Girls in the United States and Abroad”
State Department releases fact sheet titled "The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report"
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report,” which summarizes the accomplishments and funding amounts provided by the U.S. government agencies involved in the alliance.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released “Guidance on Collection of U.S. Foreign Assistance Data” detailing the data reporting requirements of all U.S. Government (USG) agencies providing foreign assistance in-line with the Administration’s Open Government efforts and in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), of which the U.S. is a signatory. Among other things, the guidance states that the Foreign Assistance Dashboard “will provide the public with greater access to foreign assistance data and establish a standardized reporting framework for all U.S. foreign assistance.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the CGI outlining the three objectives of the Administration’s approach to development, which include moving from aid to investment, promoting country ownership, and “putting ourselves out of business” by promoting self-sufficiency. Secretary Clinton stated that these objectives have guided existing U.S. development initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and USAID Forward. Moving forward, Secretary Clinton highlighted the “need to broaden and increase our network of partnerships to advance our work in development” as the well as the importance of holding each other accountable for measuring results.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report Pursuant to the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-155)” detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, global health funding through USAID and State Department, which comprises the majority of U.S. global health funding, would decrease by $670 million, or 8.2%, from the FY 2012 level of $8,168 million.
The President signed the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013” (H.J. Res. 117) into Public Law (P.L. #112-175) authorizing appropriations for FY 2013 through March 27, 2013 at a rate that is 0.612% more than the FY 2012 enacted levels.
The White House released the “U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa” outlining the specific objectives, including global health and food security objectives, the U.S. government will pursue in the region.
- White House Fact Sheet: “The New Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa”
- White House Fact Sheet: “Obama Administration Accomplishments in Sub-Saharan Africa”
- White House Blog: “The Future of America’s Partnership with Sub-Saharan Africa”
Secretary Clinton gives keynote address during "A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health" conference
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided the keynote address at a global health conference in Oslo, Norway titled “A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health”. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed maternal mortality, health systems, and country ownership and provided specific suggestions to donors (strengthen country-led health systems; embrace transparency; improve coordination) and partner countries (invest in health; determine priorities; remove political barriers) in order to improve the response to global health challenges. Secretary Clinton also announced that the U.S. would commit $75 million to the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Partnership.
- State Department fact sheet titled “The U.S. Response to Global Maternal Mortality: Saving Mothers, Giving Life” (released May 30, 2012)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011” summarizing the agency’s health development efforts for 2010-2011.
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, USAID
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pandemic Influenza, Health System Strengthening (HSS)