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President signs “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013″ into law

President Obama signed the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013” (S.1545) into law (Public Law #113-56). The bill, which was originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to…

Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women noting, among other things, that “gender-based violence not only undermines human rights, but poses significant obstacles to public health, economic and social development, and long lasting peace.” U.S. Permanent Representative…

Administration official provides closing remarks at Third International Family Planning Conference

U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Anne Richard, provided closing remarks at the Third International Family Planning Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During her remarks, Assistant Secretary Richard discussed, among other things, the role that meeting the sexual and reproductive health needs of women…

HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Diabetes Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Diabetes Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[c]ombating diabetes is a serious public health issue. More than 340 million people worldwide have diabetes. Recognizing the urgency of this public health problem globally, this May the World…

Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at Third International Conference on Family Planning

Secretary of State Kerry provided video remarks to the Third International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry stated, among other things, that the “United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. That includes…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

USAID releases new urban policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy titled “Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World,” which aims to provide guidance on improving the delivery of essential services in areas of rapid urbanization. Among other things, the report highlights how addressing service delivery issues in urban…

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Feed the Future Innovation Labs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of 10 new Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Labs aimed at improving, among other things, global food security and nutrition. According to a press release from USAID, the new labs “draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and…

HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Polio Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Polio Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[a]chieving a polio-free world is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we have significantly stepped up the global efforts of our Centers for…