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NIH announces partnership with PEPFAR to strengthen medical education in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), announced a new program to strengthen medical education and increase the number of health care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program, which is called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort with The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD).

USG officials testify before the House International Affairs Committee on U.S. policy in Africa

Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, United States Department of State, and Earl Gast, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided testimony before the House Committee on International Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, in a hearing titled “An Overview of U.S. Policy in Africa.” Among other things, their testimonies included discussion of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Administration’s new Feed the Future Initiative.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”

In a video message commemorating World TB Day, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”. The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG TB program from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG TB programs in the Global Health Initiative, USG country planning and scale-up of interventions, the coordination and collaboration of USG agencies, and plans to monitor and report on USG efforts.

CRS Report – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: U.S. Contributions and Issues for Congress

From the report summary: “This report provides background information on the Global Fund, summarizes key findings on the Global Fund’s progress through 2009, outlines U.S. funding for the Fund, and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of support to provide the Fund.”

Administration remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders”

During remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders,” President Obama discussed the role of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future) in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also described U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and efforts to achieve food security.

Senator Lugar sends letter to President Obama regarding U.S. commitment to addressing global HIV/AIDS

In a letter to President Obama, Senator Richard Lugar expressed his support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and his desire that the Global Health Initiative (GHI) should not divert resources from PEPFAR. Senator Lugar asked “that the goals and accomplishments of the U.S. global AIDS program not be put at risk by health program expansion efforts” and stated “[i]t is imperative that any program expansion not lose sight of our original objectives of saving lives and addressing the needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.”

Ambassador Goosby discusses PEPFAR in the State Department’s “Conversations With America” video series

During a State Department video discussion titled “Conversations With America: Discussion on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, discussed PEPFAR’s efforts to address marginalized populations, the importance of integrating HIV/AIDS with other health interventions through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the results of the CAPRISA microbicide study. Ambassador Goosby and Dr. Sturchio also responded to audience submitted questions on PEPFAR’s efforts to coordinate global efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, promote country ownership, measure progress, and improve nutrition for women and children.

S. 3686 – An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 17-12 the FY 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies bill with the following recommendations:

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC (total): $353.3 million
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $153.2 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Fogarty International Center (FIC): $72.9 million

- The Global Fund: $300 million

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

S. 3797 – Education for All Act of 2010

The proposed bill would establish U.S. policy and principles aimed at achieving universal education and would require the President to develop a strategy “to promote quality universal basic education by 2015.” While the proposed bill is primarily focused on education, it also includes improving health conditions part of the guiding principles and overall education strategy. Specifically, the bill states that the U.S. should “utilize schools as the foundation for communities’ development and integrate assistance programs, including health and development programs, such as nutrition [and] school feeding programs” and that the U.S. should work to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on education systems “by equipping teachers with the skills needed for HIV/AIDS prevention and support for persons with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.”