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Secretary Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia

During a seven day (June 8th – June 14th) diplomatic trip to United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed U.S. efforts to combat food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence (GBV) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the 1,000 Days Initiative. Secretary Clinton also announced increased funding for agricultural development and food security as well as nutritional programs in Tanzania, and an additional $15 million in PEPFAR funding for Zambia.

Additional Information:

Zambia

  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Zambian President Rupiah Banda where she discusses mother-to-child transmission of HIV. (June 10, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the University Teaching Hospital Paediatric Centre of Excellence where she announces additional PEPFAR funding. (June 11, 2011)

Tanzania

  • Read a State Department background briefing en route to Tanzania. (June 11, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s announcement of food security and nutrition funding for Tanzania through FtF. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition and 1,000 Days Initiative. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read a State Department press release about Secretary Clinton’s remarks during a visit to Buguruni Health Center where she discusses PEPFAR, GBV, and the GHI. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post titled “Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Tanzania.” (June 12, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete where she discusses the U.S. commitment to address nutrition and food security, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and sustainable development. (June 13, 2011) 
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post titled “Planting the Seeds To Feed the Future.” (June 14, 2011)
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, titled “Secretary Clinton Highlights U.S. Partnership in Fighting AIDS.” (June 16, 2011)

Ethiopia

  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the African Union where she discusses FtF and PEPFAR. (June 13, 2011)
Ambassador Goosby summarizes First Lady Obama’s trip to Africa and U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS through PEPFAR

In a White House blog post, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa including a visit with African youth where she highlighted “the importance of youth leadership in fighting HIV/AIDS”. Ambassador Goosby also summarized U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS globally through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Secretary Clinton announces public-private partnership to combat gender based violence and HIV/AIDS

Secretary of State announced a new public-private partnership with the M•A•C AIDS Fund aimed at combating gender based violence (GBV) and HIV/AIDS in South Africa by expanding access to medical, legal and psychological services for survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Additional Information:

  • Read the State Department press release here.
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks here.
PEPFAR releases FY 2013 Country Operational Plan Guidance

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released the “PEPFAR FY 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance” outlining the U.S. Government’s (USG) “annual investments and anticipated results in HIV/AIDS and [is] the basis for approval of annual USG bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in most countries.”

President Obama comments on U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted U.S. efforts to improve global health stating that “[w]e’re helping developing countries to feed themselves, and continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS. And we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease.”

U.S. & Ethiopia sign five-year PEPFAR Partnership Framework

The United States and Ethiopia signed the “Five-Year Partnership Framework in Support of the Ethiopian National Response to HIV/AIDS 2010-2014,” a strategic plan guiding the joint efforts of the two countries, and other stakeholders, to address the impacts of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Partnership Framework is intended “to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia” and includes “the goals of providing health and related social services for most-at-risk populations, as well as strengthening arrangements, such as the International Health Partnership (IHP+) and other multilateral and bilateral relationships.”

Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to assist Least Developed Countries through the GHI and Feed the Future

In a statement before the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General Assembly of the United Nations, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).

GAO Report – Trends in U.S. Spending for Global HIV/AIDS and Other Health Assistance in Fiscal Years 2001-2008

The report analyzes U.S. bilateral funding (in the form of disbursements) for global HIV/AIDS and other health-related programs in FY01-FY08. Additionally, the report provides information on the models used by the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to estimate HIV treatment costs.

PEPFAR releases FY 2010 Operational Plan & an Update to FY 2009 Operational Plan

The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released its FY 2010 Operational Plan and an update to its FY 2009 Operational Plan.

PEPFAR Operational Plans “provide programmatic descriptions and budgetary information for the Emergency Plan. These Operational Plans describe the planned uses of all sources of U.S. government (USG) international HIV/AIDS funding by fiscal year, some of which are described in further detail in congressional justifications and related documents produced by other USG agencies.”

President Obama discusses U.S.-India’s efforts to address global health issues

In a joint statement, President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “celebrated” the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries to create a Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Center in New Delhi aimed at facilitating preparedness against health threats such as pandemic flu.

Additionally, in a speech given to a Joint Session of the Indian Parliament, President Obama stated that the U.S. will “continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu.”