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H.R. 5121 – Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Act of 2010

Among other things, the bill authorizes the President to “provide assistance in order to support the achievement of universal access to sexual and reproductive health in developing countries” and requires the development and implementation of a strategy to link sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to other global health efforts.

H.R. 5268 – Improvements in Global Maternal and newborn health Outcomes while Maximizing Successes Act

The proposed bill would “authorize assistance to improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries,” and would require the President “to develop a strategy to reduce mortality and improve maternal and newborn health in developing countries.” Additionally, the proposed bill would authorize the appropriations of “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2015.”

State Department and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations release “Report to the White House Council on Women and Girls”

The report to the White House Council on Women and Girls summarizes the programs and efforts of the State Department and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) to promote “women’s empowerment and human rights around the world” including efforts to prevent violence against women and to increase access to health care through the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

H.R. 5441 – Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope, and Dignity Restoration Act of 2010

The proposed bill authorizes the President to provide assistance to “address the social and health issues that lead to obstetric fistula” and to “support treatment of obstetric fistula” by, among other things, increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services and improving health systems. The bill also calls for an annual report to Congress on the progress of U.S. efforts to reduce and address the impact of obstetric fistula.

USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival account budget request

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing titled “Global Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,” USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele, testified on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) account budget request. Topics covered in her testimony include: a breakdown of the FY 2011 budget request and program plans; health systems strengthening; integrating health programs; engaging with multilateral, nongovernmental, faith-based, and community based organizations; public-private partnerships; and research.

Statement by U.S. Representative to the UN during the Commission on the Status of Women

During remarks delivered at the Commission on the Status of Women, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, stated that the U.S. was “proud to sponsor a resolution at this session on the importance of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and improving women’s health by empowering women” and highlighted the Obama Administration’s efforts to “improve women’s welfare through targeted investments in agriculture, nutrition, and health.”

Secretary Clinton discuses family planning and reproductive health as well as maternal and child health issues during diplomatic trip to Canada

On March 29, 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a two day trip to Canada. During her trip, Secretary Clinton commented on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), maternal and child health (MCH), and the role both will have in the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

President Obama comments on International Women’s Day including efforts to address global women’s health

During remarks commemorating International Women’s Day, President Obama summarized actions by his administration on behalf of women including global efforts such as the Global Health Initiative’s (GHI) focus on maternal and child health, the elimination of the global gag rule that restricted access to family planning, and the creation of the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department.

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

Statements by U.S. Representatives to the United Nations at a UNFPA Executive Board Meeting

During remarks delivered at a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) executive board meeting, Ambassador Susan E. Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, applauded UNFPA’s efforts to improve reproductive health and stated “UNFPA’s work remains essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to maternal and child health.” Ambassador Rice also stated “the United States strongly supports UNFPA’s efforts to improve access to reproductive health services in crisis settings.” U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations echoed Ambassador Rice’s remarks stating “the U.S. is committed to working collaboratively with UNFPA, other organizations and member states to protect and promote the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls around the world, including those affected by conflicts and natural disasters.”