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CDC releases "CDC Global Health Strategy 2012-2015"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “CDC Global Health Strategy 2012-2015,” which outlines how the CDC plans to work towards four specific goals: improving the health and well-being of people around the world, improving capabilities for preparing and responding to infectious diseases and emerging health threats, building country public health capacity, and maximizing organizational capacity.

Secretary Clinton gives keynote address during "A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health" conference

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided the keynote address at a global health conference in Oslo, Norway titled “A World in Transition: Charting a New Path in Global Health”. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed maternal mortality, health systems, and country ownership and provided specific suggestions to donors (strengthen country-led health systems; embrace transparency; improve coordination) and partner countries (invest in health; determine priorities; remove political barriers) in order to improve the response to global health challenges. Secretary Clinton also announced that the U.S. would commit $75 million to the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Partnership.

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USAID releases “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011” summarizing the agency’s health development efforts for 2010-2011.

USAID releases “USAID’s Global Health Strategic Framework: Better Health for Development”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released “USAID’S Global Health Strategic Framework: Better Health for Development” for fiscal years 2012-2016.  The framework states that it incorporates the principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and outlines, among other things, USAID’s core health priorities, which include saving mothers and children, fostering an AIDS-free generation, combating infectious disease, increasing the availability and use of voluntary family planning, and strengthening health systems. The framework also summarizes the agency’s strategic approaches guiding its global health efforts: technical leadership; partnerships; science, technology, and development; scaling up of proven interventions; and strengthening local health system capacity.

President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Sebelius discuss global health issues during UNGA

President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.”  President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR). 

Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership.  Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.”  At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”

Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.

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  • Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)

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UN Ambassador Barton comments on maternal & child health and family planning & reproductive health at UNFPA board meeting

During an Executive Board Meeting of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) U.S. Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rick Barton provided remarks on the progress and challenges that remain in reducing maternal mortality and improving access to reproductive health. Ambassador Burton highlighted U.S. efforts, through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and engagement with multilateral organizations, to improve maternal & child health (MCH) and access to family planning & reproductive health (FP/RH) services.

Administration releases “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle”

The Administration released the “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle,” which expands upon the goals and programming recommendations for women, girls, and gender equity under the GHI and includes specific requirements for GHI country strategies.

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.

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.