President Obama has appointed Dr. Thomas Frieden, currently Commissioner of the New York City Health Department, as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew testified before the House Foreign Affair Committee on the FY 2010 International Affairs. During his testimony, Deputy Secretary Lew discussed the “principles and priorities that underlie President Obama’s international affairs budget request for 2010” including “five smart power funding objectives.” These objectives include:
1) Building civilian capacity at the Department of State and USAID;
2) Promoting long-term development and human security by addressing economic development and good governance, food security, education needs, global climate change, and global health;
3) Enhancing strategic bilateral and multilateral partnerships;
4) Strengthening global security capabilities; and
5) Maintaining the resources to respond to humanitarian needs.
The United States has been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to a 3 year term on the UN Human Rights Council.
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive funds to support the “Framework Program for Global Health” (FRAME), which provides grants to schools that “develop multidisciplinary Global Health curricula for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.”
President Obama submitted the FY 2010 budget to Congress including $53.9 billion for the Department of State and other international programs.
On World Asthma Day, the three directors of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) released a joint statement stating that they “stand together with the international community to renew our dedication to understand the causes of asthma and to find better ways to treat, prevent and manage this disease.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that President Obamaâ€™s “new global health initiative will be a crucial component of American foreign policy and a signature element of smart power.”
President Obama announced a new Global Health Initiative and his request of Congress to approve $8.6 billion in FY 2010 and $63 billion over six years to support this effort. The President stated that the initiative will continue to support and build upon efforts to address AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis initiated by the previous administration, but it will also “do more to improve health systems around the world, focus our efforts on child and maternal health, and ensure that best practices drive the funding for these programs.”
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “American ‘Smart Power': Diplomacy and Development Are the Vanguard” summarizing U.S. foreign policy goals and the tools available to address a wide range of challenges abroad including food security and pandemic disease.
In his weekly address, President Obama summarized recent U.S. government actions to address the H1N1 flu virus.