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PEPFAR releases FY2009 Operational Plan

“The PEPFAR Operational Plan links all sources of PEPFAR funding, some of which are notified and detailed to Congress by other parts of the United States Government (USG). It also provides descriptions to support notification to Congress for funds from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS-State) account and descriptions of activities supporting PEPFAR from other appropriation accounts.”

President Obama states commitment to end HIV travel ban; CDC issues federal notice proposing removal of HIV as a “communicable disease of public health significance”

In a speech at a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month, President Obama stated that his “administration is committed to rescinding the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status.” Following, the CDC issued a federal notice proposing that HIV be removed from the list of communicable diseases that would prevent entry of foreign individuals into the United States, which will now be considered for public comment.

State Department releases annual report on water and sanitation strategy in developing countries

As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 4th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. Government efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.” According to the report, “the United States obligated more than $1 billion for water- and sanitation-related activities in developing countries (excluding Iraq)” and “includes – for the first time – country specific plans for achieving U.S. goals and objectives along with measurable indicators to track progress and report results.”

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2009″

The State Department released its ninth annual Trafficking in Persons Report which “seeks to increase global awareness of the human trafficking phenomenon by shedding new light on various facets of the problem and highlighting shared and individual efforts of the international community, and to encourage foreign governments to take effective action against all forms of trafficking in persons.”

Secretary of State Clinton provided remarks at the release of the report stating that trafficking “weakens legitimate economies, fuels violence, threatens public health and safety, shatters families, and shreds the social fabric that is necessary for progress.” Secretary Clinton’s remarks were followed by statements from Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th), and Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

USAID releases report on child survival and maternal health programs

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Decades of Progress: USAID’s Child Survival and Maternal Health Program” summarizing USAID’s efforts and approach towards improving child and maternal health globally.

U.S. signs agreement creating the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Fogarty International Center, both of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), join similar agencies from Australia, Canada, China, and the U.K. to create the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), “the first collaboration of major research funding agencies to address the specific needs of chronic noncommunicable diseases.” The GACD “plans to facilitate collaborative funding activities for innovative, original research directed at the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases” and will focus “on the needs of low and middle income countries, and on those of low income populations of more developed countries.”

Secretary Clinton comments on U.S. approach to address hunger during 2009 World Food Prize Announcement Ceremony

During remarks given at the 2009 World Food Prize announcement ceremony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that “the Obama Administration is committed to providing leadership in developing a new global approach to hunger.” In her comments, Secretary Clinton summarized a set of principles such as improving agricultural productivity, increasing trade, and maintaining natural resources that will guide U.S. efforts to support sustainable agriculture throughout the world. Secretary Clinton also stated that, in the Administration, “sustainable agriculture won’t be a side project. It is a central element of our foreign policy.”

Statements by Administration officials on WHO decision to declare H1n1 virus outbreak a pandemic

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Homeland Secretary (DHS) Janet Napolitano released a joint statement on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declare the H1n1 virus outbreak a pandemic. The statement provided a broad overview of the Administration’s previous and ongoing efforts to address the outbreak.

NHLBI funds research and training centers aimed at prevention and treatment of chronic diseases in developing countries

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced an effort to create “a worldwide network of research and training centers [that] will build institutional and community capacity to prevent and control chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, lung diseases, and diabetes.” The NHLBI will be awarding a total of $34 million in 10 contracts to establish a worldwide network of partnerships “led by a research institution in a low- or middle-income developing country paired with at least one partner academic institution in a developed country to enhance research and training opportunities.”