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USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement “on PEPFAR’s Approach to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) approach to achieving an AIDS-Free Generation, emphasizing that PEPFAR’s “continued success requires that we strengthen core elements of health systems essential to service delivery and sustainability (e.g., supply chain, human resources…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…

President Obama provides welcoming remarks at CUGH Conference

President Barack Obama released a video statement welcoming the 2014 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference and affirmed CUGH’s partnership with the U.S. government. In his remarks, President Obama highlighted the work of the U.S. government to improve health and development around the world through “a new focus on partnerships that…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement on the passage of Uganda’s “HIV Prevention and Control Act”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the passage of Uganda’s HIV Prevention and Control Act, which among other things, criminalizes “‘attempted transmission of HIV’ and ‘intentional transmission of HIV’ with penalties of up to ten years imprisonment.” In her statement, Ambassador Birx called “for the…

UPDATED – White House releases FY15 Budget Request

UPDATED – April 22, 2014 The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement “on the Principles of PEPFAR’s Public Health Approach”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), emphasizing that “PEPFAR is a public health program, and the principles of good public health demand that we strive to reach all affected populations with core HIV services even … when…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

MCC and PEPFAR announce partnership to improve country ownership of HIV/AIDS response

The CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Daniel Yohannes, and the Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Deborah von Zinkernagel, signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing a three-year partnership between MCC and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that aims to improve country ownership of PEPFAR’s HIV/AIDS response…

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before House and Senate Subcommittees on FY15 budget request

Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (March 12), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations (March 13), and House Foreign Affairs Committee (March 13) on the State and Foreign Operations FY15 budget request. During opening remarks at the House…