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Resolution supporting World Tuberculosis Day introduced in Senate

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution (S.Res. 393) “supporting the goals of World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “reaffirms the commitment to global tuberculosis control set forth in the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing titled “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition” with testimony from Acting Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, and Deputy Coordinator of…

“International Hydrocephalus Treatment and Training Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “International Hydrocephalus Treatment and Training Act” (H.R. 3525). Among other things, the bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to medical practitioner training for the treatment of hydrocephalus, and the establishment of hydrocephalus treatment centers in developing countries.

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other things, improved food security…

President’s Malaria Initiative releases Eighth Annual Report to Congress

In commemoration of World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its Eighth Annual Report to Congress (PDF), “which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria.” Additional Resources: Learn about additional Administration actions & statements commemorating World…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Combating the Ebola Threat” with testimony from Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ariel…

“Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced the “Food for Peace Reform Act of 2014” (S. 2421). According to a press release from Senator Corker, the bill would “transfer current food aid authorities from the Farm bill into the Foreign Assistance Act and implement the following reforms that…

House passes amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House approved an amendment to the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). According to a House Committee on Foreign Affairs press release, the amendment, introduced by Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), will “improve U.S. international food aid to help more people…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

“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…