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USAID, UNFPA announce new efforts to strengthen collaboration on reproductive health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced “new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide.” According to the USAID press release announcing the collaboration, the two agencies plan to coordinate on the distribution of contraceptives,…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved, by a vote of 23-7, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1372), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved, by a voice vote, the FY 2014 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (.pdf), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total…

CRS releases report on U.S. global health assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Global Health Assistance: Background and Issues for the 113th Congress.” The report provides an overview of U.S. global health programs, including appropriations, implementing agencies, and initiatives, and highlights specific issues for Congress, including funding levels, U.S. leadership of global health…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

CRS releases report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy.” According to the summary, the “report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.”

USAID releases “Health-Research Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Health-Related Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015” detailing the agency’s efforts to address global “health and development issues through technology development, research and evaluation, and introduction and scale-up of real world, evidence-based solutions.”

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.

USAID Administrator Shah discusses global health issues at UNGA

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly, held from September 23, 2012 to October 1, 2012, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks on several topics pertaining to U.S. global health efforts including food security and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Administrator Shah also took part in the announcement of a new partnership aimed at providing contraception to women on the world’s poorest countries.

New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Event: At an event (9/27) titled “New Alliance: Progress and the Way Forward”, USAID Administrator Shah discussed U.S. efforts to address global hunger and food security through the Feed the Future Initiative and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. During his remarks, Administrator Shah announced that Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mozambique were the next countries to develop New Alliance Cooperation Frameworks and that 21 additional private sector companies had signed letters of intent to support the alliance.

MDG Countdown 2012 Event: Administrator Shah discussed the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at an event (9/27) title “MDG Countdown 2012.”

New Partnership to Expand Access to Contraception: USAID Administrator Shah took part in the announcement (9/27) of a new partnership among governments, civil society, and the private sector to provide contraception to over 27 million women in the world’s poorest countries.

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