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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.

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.

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference passed by Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S.Res. 532) introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference and the sense of the Senate that continued commitment by the United States to HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment programs is crucial to protecting global health.”

Learn more about the House companion resolution (H.Res. 713).

"Cure for AIDS Act of 2012" introduced in House

Representative James Himes (D-CT, 4th) introduced the “Cure for AIDS Act of 2012” (H.R. 6187) in the House. Among other things, the proposed bill states “[i]t is the sense of Congress that . . . finding a cure is essential to ending the AIDS epidemic in the United States and globally . . . [and] access to AIDS treatment in the United States and globally needs to continue to be expanded but AIDS treatment is not a cure and not the ultimate solution for the tens of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS.”

The bill directs the Secretary of Defense, “acting through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, . . . [to] establish and support an accelerated research program dedicated to the discovery of a cure for HIV/AIDS” and authorizes $20 million for each of fiscal years 2013 through 2017.

Resolution supporting the XIX International AIDS Conference introduced in House

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL, 23rd) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 749) “[e]xpressing support for the XIX International AIDS Conference and the sense of the House of Representatives that continued commitment by the United States to HIV/AIDS research, prevention, and treatment programs is crucial to protecting global health.”

Learn more about the Senate companion resolution (S.Res. 532).

Concurrent Resolution supporting international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS introduced in House

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) introduced a concurrent resolution (H.Con.Res. 131) in the House “expressing support for continued international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS.” Among other things, the resolution states that Congress “urges continued United States leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and calls upon nations to develop and implement effective AIDS strategies [and]. . . provide adequate resources that are targeted appropriately to address the epidemic.”

CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Administration statements and actions during the XIX International AIDS Conference

During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.

White House

President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees.  The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.

Fact Sheets:

State

During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response.  During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”

Fact Sheets:

USAID

USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”

HHS

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”

NIH

During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response.  NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.

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House Appropriations Committee releases draft FY 2013 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations releaseddraft of the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The draft bill provides the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty International Center. Additional funding for global health programs and research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is not yet available.

Area

FY12 Enacted (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

FY 13 House (millions)

FY13 Senate (millions)

Difference (millions)

House – FY12

House – Request

House – Senate

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

$347.6

$362.9

$332.4

$362.6

$-15.2
 (-4.4%)

$-30.5
 (-8.4%)

$-30.2
 (-8.3%)

       Global AIDS Program

$117.1

$117.2

$117.2

$117.1

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

John E. Fogarty International Center

$69.6

$69.8

$69.5

$70.0

$0
 (0%)

$-0.2
 (-0.3%)

$-0.4
 (-0.6%)