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Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

H.R. 949 – Obstetric Fistula Prevention, Treatment, Hope, and Dignity Restoration Act of 2011

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.

Administration officials testify before Congress on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Amie Batson testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS.

President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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Secretary Clinton’s remarks on “Development in the 21st Century”

In a speech titled “Development in the 21st Century,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention “to rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.” She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway “to make sure that development delivers lasting results”:

1) Adopt a model of development that emphasizes partnerships with countries, multilateral organizations, NGOs, Universities, and the private sector;

2) Elevate development and integrate development more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field;

3) Improve the coordination of development across federal agencies and reduce reliance on contractors by increasing staff and expertise at USAID and the State Department;

4) Target investment and develop technical excellence in a few key areas, such as health, agriculture, security, education, energy, and local governance;

5) Increase investment in innovation; and

6) Increase investment on women and girls, who are critical to advancing social, economic, and political progress.

USAID releases “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis.” The report provides an overview of U.S. assistance for TB country including country-level activities, contributions to health systems, research, and global partnerships.

Administration releases Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document

The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Ambassador Eric Goosby comments on the role of PEPFAR in the GHI

In a State Department blog post titled “Global Health Initiative: How PEPFAR Fits In,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, stated that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is “a cornerstone of the GHI” (Global Health Initiative). Ambassador Goosby summarized the similar principles of the GHI and those outlined in PEPFAR’s five year strategy including working to improve health systems, enhancing coordination with other U.S. government agencies, focusing on women and girls, and increasing coordination with international partners.

Administration releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Malaria Strategy”

The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG malaria programs from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG malaria programs in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), including the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and aims to reduce the impact of malaria by focusing on Africa, incorporating a woman-centered approach, limiting the spread of drug resistant malaria, integrating with other health interventions, strengthening health systems, and linking U.S. government efforts to host-country strategies.

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.