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USAID Administrator Shah testifies before Congress on the FY 2012 budget request for USAID

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2012 budget request for USAID.

Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.

USAID Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes testify before Congress on the International Development Budget

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the FY 2012 budget requests and international development policy priorities.

Administration officials testify before Congress on the FY 2012 budget request for Africa

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Rajakumari Jandhyala, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President for Compact Implementation Patrick Fine testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the FY 2012 budget request for Africa.

Ambassador Eric Goosby highlights PEPFAR’s role in strengthening civil society

In a State Department blog post titled “PEPFAR Strengthens Civil Society Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed the role of civil society in combating HIV/AIDS and announced that the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) “will provide $1.5 million to support global and regional civil society networks to provide technical support, strengthen collaborations, and build strong leadership and capacity in communities highly impacted by HIV.”

PEPFAR Forum – “Smart Investments to Save More Lives: Efficiencies, Innovation, Impact”

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) held a one-day forum titled “Smart Investments to Save More Lives: Efficiencies, Innovation, Impact”. The forum focused on PEPFAR’s efforts to improve the efficiency and impact of U.S. programs to address the impact HIV/AIDS and included introductory remarks from the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby.

H.R. 755 – Investing in Our Future Act of 2011

The proposed bill would impose a 0.005% tax on the value of the currency (if greater than $10,000 USD) acquired in a currency exchange transaction. The revenue generated by this tax would be directed to three new trust funds established at the Department of the Treasury: 10% would be directed to a “Child Care Assistance Trust Fund,” 25% to a “Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund,” and 25% to a “Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Trust Fund.” The remainder would be directed to federal budget deficit reduction or reduction of the federal debt.

The Secretary of State would have authority to provide grants from the Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund to entities such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other multilateral organizations that meet specific criteria outlined in the bill. The bill also states that funding for the multilateral organizations must be in addition to and not replacing existing funding and should be used for the purposes of “addressing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal mortality, family planning, neglected diseases, and other health issues affecting developing countries.”

S. 414 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”

USAID Administrator Shah delivers Barmes Global Health Lecture

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During his remarks, Administrator Shah discussed the role of science, technology, and innovation in improving global health and the importance of increasing access to health facilities.

CRS Report – “U.S. Response to the Global Threat of HIV/AIDS: Basic Facts”

From the report summary: “This report outlines basic facts related to global HIV/AIDS, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to global HIV/AIDS. It concludes with a brief description of some of the major issues that might be considered by the 112th Congress as it responds to the disease.”