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“Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) introduced the “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Act of 2013″ (H.R. 3117). Among other things, the bill directs the President to create a “Global HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Strategy,” and establishes specific policies in the areas of operations research, coordination with other development programs, country ownership, and in…

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement “on PEPFAR’s Approach to Achieving an AIDS-free Generation”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) approach to achieving an AIDS-Free Generation, emphasizing that PEPFAR’s “continued success requires that we strengthen core elements of health systems essential to service delivery and sustainability (e.g., supply chain, human resources…

USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement “on the Principles of PEPFAR’s Public Health Approach”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), emphasizing that “PEPFAR is a public health program, and the principles of good public health demand that we strive to reach all affected populations with core HIV services even … when…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator releases statement on the passage of Uganda’s “HIV Prevention and Control Act”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah Birx, released a statement on the passage of Uganda’s HIV Prevention and Control Act, which among other things, criminalizes “‘attempted transmission of HIV’ and ‘intentional transmission of HIV’ with penalties of up to ten years imprisonment.” In her statement, Ambassador Birx called “for the…

President Obama provides welcoming remarks at CUGH Conference

President Barack Obama released a video statement welcoming the 2014 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference and affirmed CUGH’s partnership with the U.S. government. In his remarks, President Obama highlighted the work of the U.S. government to improve health and development around the world through “a new focus on partnerships that…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator discusses PEPFAR at USAID town hall

On May 2, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx provided remarks at a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) town hall on “her vision for the next stage of PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).” According to a USAID Impact Blog post titled “The Future of PEPFAR” by…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…