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“International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the “International Human Rights Defense Act of 2014” (S. 2472). According to a press release from Senator Markey’s office, the proposed bill “would direct the Department of State to make preventing and responding to discrimination and violence against the LGBT community a foreign policy priority…

“End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” (H.R. 4847), which would “facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.” Among other things, the bill would expand the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)…

USAID releases book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures.” The book summarizes USAID’s efforts to advance global health, serving as a “record of [USAID’s] work [and] a catalog of lessons” over its 50-year history.

Administration official discusses post-2015 development agenda

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Dean Pittman provided remarks titled “The U.S., the U.N., and the Emerging Post-2015 Development Agenda” at the annual membership meeting of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Pittman summarized the accomplishments of the…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks for 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting

Secretary of State John Kerry provided video remarks for the 2014 PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) Annual Meeting in Durban, South Africa. Among other things, Secretary Kerry reflected on PEPFAR’s progress under the Obama Administration to achieve an AIDS-free generation and, in an effort “to have greater transparency,…

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…

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…