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Administration official discusses “Global Health and Foreign Policy”

In a speech titled “Global Health and Foreign Policy,” U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Ambassador Rick Barton discussed the core principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and stated “health is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], and is essential to progress on poverty eradication, socio-economic development, primary education for all, gender equality, and partnering for development.”

HHS announces new health promotion and disease prevention agenda; includes global health objectives

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced “Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention,” and included specific global health objectives as part of the initiative. The global health objectives are as follows:

1) Reduce the number of malaria cases reported in the United States;

2) Decrease the tuberculosis (TB) case rate for foreign-born persons living in the United States;

3) Increase the number of Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Centers worldwide to detect and contain emerging health threats;

4) Increase the number of public health professionals trained by Global Disease Detection (GDD) programs worldwide; and

5) Increase diagnostic testing capacity in host countries and regionally through the Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Centers.

Administration releases report identifying research needs to study the human health impacts of climate change

The Administration released a report titled “A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change.” The report was produced by an interagency working group led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and “highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change.”

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.

Administration statements in observance of World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a statement commemorating World Malaria Day and announced the release of the Malaria Five Year Strategy and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) fourth annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Peace Corps also released statements commemorating World Malaria Day.

State Department Official discusses health and food security in a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration”

In a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration” given at the Harvard University Africa Focus Program, Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, outlined the areas of focus for U.S. work with African countries including food security and health. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Carson discussed the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI), the Obama Administration’s efforts to address health issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Administration releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Malaria Strategy”

The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG malaria programs from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG malaria programs in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), including the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and aims to reduce the impact of malaria by focusing on Africa, incorporating a woman-centered approach, limiting the spread of drug resistant malaria, integrating with other health interventions, strengthening health systems, and linking U.S. government efforts to host-country strategies.

S.Res. 499 – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Health Initiative

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day” and “reaffirms the goals and commitments to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293).”