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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.

H.R. 4933 – Global Health Act of 2010

The stated purpose of the bill “is to strengthen and improve the health systems . . . and the delivery of health services in developing countries” by:
– Establishing a 5-year “Global Health Strategy” that improves “the coordination and effectiveness of all health-related United States foreign assistance;”

- 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 “Global Health Workforce Initiative”; and

- Ensuring “that 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.”
The proposed bill also authorizes appropriations to carry out the purposes of the bill.

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.

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 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).

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.

Remarks by President Obama with the Prime Minister of Norway include commitments to global health

During a joint press availability with Prime Minister Stoltenberg of Norway, President Obama stated that “the Prime Minister and I also reaffirmed our mutual commitment to improving global health. We committed to work together to deal with maternal child and newborn health, to promote research and innovation and strengthen health systems.”

USAID releases “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010″

USAID released “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010.” The report provides an update on USAID’s “strategy for using research funds to stimulate the development and introduction of key products” and highlights research in the following areas: maternal and newborn health; child, environmental, and urban health; nutrition; reproductive health and family planning; HIV/AIDS; malaria; tuberculosis; and health systems strengthening.

President Obama announces new $63 billion Global Health Initiative

President Obama announced a new Global Health Initiative and his request of Congress to approve $8.6 billion in FY 2010 and $63 billion over six years to support this effort. The President stated that the initiative will continue to support and build upon efforts to address AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis initiated by the previous administration, but it will also “do more to improve health systems around the world, focus our efforts on child and maternal health, and ensure that best practices drive the funding for these programs.”