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.
Health System Strengthening (HSS)
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).
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, FtF, State Dept., The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Water, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Health System Strengthening (HSS)
In a State Department blog post titled â€œGlobal Health Initiative: How PEPFAR Fits In,â€ Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, stated that the U.S. Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is â€œa cornerstone of the GHIâ€ (Global Health Initiative). Ambassador Goosby summarized the similar principles of the GHI and those outlined in PEPFARâ€™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.
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 Presidentâ€™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 â€œGlobal Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,â€ 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.
- Area: Administration, Budget
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, USAID
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pandemic Influenza, Health System Strengthening (HSS)
The stated purpose of the bill â€œis to strengthen and improve the health systems . . . and the delivery of health services in developing countriesâ€ by:
– Establishing a 5-year â€œGlobal Health Strategyâ€ that improves â€œthe coordination and effectiveness of all health-related United States foreign assistance;â€
- Providing assistance to developing countries to improve health systems and the delivery of health services;
- Supporting developing countries through efforts to strengthen and expand the supply of health workers through a â€œGlobal Health Workforce Initiativeâ€; and
- Ensuring â€œthat the laws and policies of the United States and multilateral organizations of which the United States is a member do not interfere with the ability of developing countries to establish and maintain skilled indigenous health workforces, to obtain pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies and equipment, or to otherwise develop the capacity of their health systems.â€
The proposed bill also authorizes appropriations to carry out the purposes of the bill.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Laerdal Medical AS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Save the Children signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to reduce newborn mortality by expanding access to high-quality, affordable newborn resuscitation training materials and devices, improving the competence of birth attendants to resuscitate newborns, strengthening health systems and promoting global commitment and resources for life-saving newborn care.”
The proposed bill authorizes a cumulative appropriation of $3.5 billion over fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to provide assistance for Haiti and states that the U.S. would support investments in, among other things, “health care delivery and capacity building to strengthen the overall health care system.”
Amendments: The proposed bill was amended in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to provide a cumulative appropriation of $2.0 billion over fiscal years 2010 and 2011.
Timeline of the Bill:
- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on May 5, 2010.
- Reported favorably with amendments out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 25, 2010.
- Reported by Senator Kerry with a report (111-225) and placed on the Senate legislative calendar on July 19, 2010.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it had awarded $17 million in new grants as part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program. According to an NIH press release, the grants will support genomics research, the training of African genomic scientists, and the building of…
During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…