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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…

GAO releases report on PEPFAR treatment programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Shift toward Partner- Country Treatment Programs Will Require Better Information on Results,” which examines “(1) PEPFAR treatment program results and how OGAC measures them and (2) PEPFAR assistance to improve partner countries’ M&E systems.”…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…

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…

GAO releases report on PEPFAR per-patient costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Per-Patient Costs Have Declined Substantially, but Better Cost Data Would Help Efforts to Expand Treatment,” which examines “(1) how per-patient treatment costs have changed and affected program implementation, (2) how PEPFAR cost information supports efforts to…

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…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

President Obama signed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) into law providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation, as passed by the House and Senate, specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…

Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act introduced in Senate

Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS Act (S. 626). Among other things, the bill would establish a “Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS” aimed at incentivizing research and development of new medicines for HIV/AIDS.