In a speech before the Ghanaian Parliament, President Obama listed health as one of “four areas that are critical to the future of Africa and the entire developing world.” President Obama also stated that “because of incentives — often provided by donor nations — many African doctors and nurses go overseas, or work for programs that focus on a single disease. And this creates gaps in primary care and basic prevention.” Finally, President Obama summarized his global health initiative stating that his administration “will carry forward the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will pursue the goal of ending deaths from malaria and tuberculosis, and we will work to eradicate polio. We will fight — we will fight neglected tropical disease. And we won’t confront illnesses in isolation — we will invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children.”
The purpose of GROWTH Act of 2009 as stated in the bill text is â€œto ensure that the policies of the United States actively promote development and economic opportunities for women.â€ The bill directs the President to â€œpay special attention to the needs of women in developing countriesâ€ by providing, among other things, â€œbasic health and HIV/AIDS education.â€
Remarks by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, on PEPFAR and the Administration’s U.S. global health policy
In remarks during a luncheon provided by InterAction, a coalition of humanitarian organizations, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, listed some of his priorities for PEPFAR and discussed the new Administration’s approach to U.S. global health policy, including the goals of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative.
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Development” that summarizes the U.S. commitment â€œto helping the worldâ€™s poor through a broad variety of mechanisms.â€ The fact sheet provides an overview of existing U.S. development programs and initiatives, such as the Millennium Challenge Account and the Presidentâ€™s Global Health Initiative, as well as U.S. involvement in specific issue areas, such as food security, water, and sanitation issues.
U.S. and Russia sign Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Sciences
The memorandum, signed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, includes the involvement of the “U.S. Agency for International Development, scientific research institutions, including those of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and other organizations of the two countries,” and focuses on the following areas: infectious diseases, chronic and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health protection, and improving global health.
“The PEPFAR Operational Plan links all sources of PEPFAR funding, some of which are notified and detailed to Congress by other parts of the United States Government (USG). It also provides descriptions to support notification to Congress for funds from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS-State) account and descriptions of activities supporting PEPFAR from other appropriation accounts.”
President Obama states commitment to end HIV travel ban; CDC issues federal notice proposing removal of HIV as a “communicable disease of public health significance”
In a speech at a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month, President Obama stated that his “administration is committed to rescinding the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status.” Following, the CDC issued a federal notice proposing that HIV be removed from the list of communicable diseases that would prevent entry of foreign individuals into the United States, which will now be considered for public comment.
The Senate voted in favor of confirming Eric Goosby as Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator.
Remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. global health policy before the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting
Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. global health policy under the new Administration, including President Obama’s Global Health Initiative, during videotaped remarks for the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting.
The proposed bill directs the President to develop and implement a strategy to reduce global poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Among other things, the bill requires that the strategy include measurable goals, benchmarks, and timelines, and that it build upon, leverage, and better coordinate existing efforts to address issues relevant to global poverty such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, water, and hunger. Finally, the bill requires the President to report back to Congress regularly on the progress of the strategy.