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GAO releases report on PEPFAR’s treatment programs and information management

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Millions Being Treated, but Better Information Management Needed to Further Improve and Expand Treatment.” The report summarizes the findings of prior reports completed by the GAO between 2011 and 2013 pertaining to the President’s Emergency Plan…

Secretary Kerry commemorates 10th anniversary of PEPFAR

In remarks provided at the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th anniversary celebration, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that PEPFAR-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs had resulted in one million babies being born HIV-free. Secretary Kerry also announced that 13 countries had reached a “programmatic tipping…

PEPFAR provides direction on involving civil society in country-level planning

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a statement summarizing a cable sent “to all U.S. diplomatic and consular posts globally on how to increase the involvement of civil society as part of country-level planning for HIV/AIDS programming.” Specifically, the cable calls on U.S. country teams to involve…

Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate

The Senate approved by unanimous consent the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by House

The House of Representative approved, by a voice vote, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545), which had been passed by the Senate the preceding day (November 18, 2013). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the legislation extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of…

President Obama announces new Global Fund pledge and other Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

In remarks commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1), which coincided with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) 4th Replenishment Conference being held in Washington, DC, President Obama announced that the U.S. would “contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years,…

“Cure for AIDS Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Jim Himes (D-CT, 4th) and Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th) introduced the “Cure for AIDS Act of 2013” (H.R. 3630). 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…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY14 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 25), House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (April 24), and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (April 24). During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY 2014 budget request including…

21st Century Global Health Technology Act introduced in House

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 8th) introduced the “21st Century Global Health Technology Act” (H.R. 1515), which would, among other things, recognize and codify existing research and development efforts at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by authorizing a health technology program aimed at developing technologies to “improve the health…