U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, announced a new collaborative effort whereby Peace Corps Volunteers will work “with PMI in-country staff to support malaria control program efforts” in Africa.
The proposed bill would impose a 0.005% tax on the value of the currency (if greater than $10,000 USD) acquired in a currency exchange transaction. The revenue generated by this tax would be directed to three new trust funds established at the Department of the Treasury: 10% would be directed to a “Child Care Assistance Trust Fund,” 25% to a “Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund,” and 25% to a “Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Trust Fund.” The remainder would be directed to federal budget deficit reduction or reduction of the federal debt.
The Secretary of State would have authority to provide grants from the Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund to entities such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other multilateral organizations that meet specific criteria outlined in the bill. The bill also states that funding for the multilateral organizations must be in addition to and not replacing existing funding and should be used for the purposes of “addressing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal mortality, family planning, neglected diseases, and other health issues affecting developing countries.”
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During his remarks, Administrator Shah discussed the role of science, technology, and innovation in improving global health and the importance of increasing access to health facilities.
From the report summary: “This report outlines basic facts related to global malaria, including characteristics of the epidemic and U.S. legislation, programs, funding, and partnerships related to the global response to malaria.”
USAID releases “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress”
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress.” The report summarizes the agency’s FY 2009 “global health strategies, interventions, and achievements in fighting infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS; protecting maternal and child health; supporting voluntary family planning; assisting programs for orphans and vulnerable children; building health systems capacity; and supporting cutting-edge technologies and research.”
The White House released the FY 2012 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:
b>Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.8 billion, including
- $8.7155 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and
- Over $1.0693 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.
- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $7.154 billion for PEPFAR of which $1.3 billion is for the Global Fund ($1.0 billion from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).
Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:
State and Foreign Operations funding for the global health:
- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.7155 billion
- USAID: $3.0736 billion
- Maternal & Child Health: $846.0 million
- Nutrition: $150.0
- Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million
- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million
- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $625.6 million
- Malaria: $691.0 million
- Tuberculosis: $236.0 million
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100.0 million,
- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $60 million
- Department of State: $5.6419 billion
- HIV/AIDS: $5.6419 billion (includes $1.0 billion for the Global Fund)
Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.125 billion
- Health and Human Services (HHS) funding for global health:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- HIV/AIDS Research: $489.4 million
- Malaria Research: $110.2 million
- Global Fund: $300.0 million
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ($ total): $381.2 million
- Global AIDS Program: $118.0 million
- Global Immunization Program: $163.6 million
- Global Disease Detection & Emergency Response: $44.2 million
- Parasitic Diseases & Malaria: $19.6 million
- Malaria: $9.2 million
- Global Public Health Capacity Development: $35.8 million
- National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- Fogarty International: $71.3 million
- Area: Administration, Budget
- Information Type: Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, MCC, State Dept., White House, The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pandemic Influenza
Senate Appropriations Committee approves the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill, FY 2012
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released a summary of the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (S.1601, Committee Report) as approved by the full Committee on September 21, 2011. The proposed bill includes funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) of approximately $7.9 billion from the Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) Account, which is $810.5 million below the President’s FY 2012 budget request of $8.7 billion and $75.69 million above FY 2011 levels of $7.8 billion for the GHCS (additional funding for the GHI is provided through other spending bills). Funding from GHCS for specific areas is as follows:
- Maternal & Child Health (MCH): $595 million, of which $35 million is for polio eradication
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $89 million
- Malaria: $642 million
- Tuberculosis: $225 million
- HIV/AIDS: $4,850 million
- Global Fund: $750 million
The proposed bill also provides for the following:
- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $700 million from all accounts (including the GHCS account), of which $40 million is for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC): $898.2 million
- Global Agricultural and Food Security Program: $200 million
*These funding amounts are preliminary only and will be updated as more information becomes available.
President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.” President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR).
Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership. Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.” At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”
Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.
- Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Non-Communicable Diseases Take Center Stage at the UN General Assembly.” (September 21, 2011)
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Unleashing the Potential of Women as Agricultural Producers and Entrepreneurs.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Administrator Shah titled “MDG countdown: Celebrating Successes and Innovation.” (September 21, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Senior Gender Advisor Caren Grown titled “Investing in Women to Change the World.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, Paul Weisenfeld titled “Scaling Up Nutrition: Supporting country-led efforts to promote healthier lives.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez titled “Delivering Quality, Affordable and Equitable Care to Improve Health.” (September 20, 2011)
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches, Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: USAID, State Dept., White House, HHS
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Pandemic Influenza, Health System Strengthening (HSS), Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled â€œUSAID Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2012 Request.â€ In addition to providing an overview of USAIDâ€™s role in U.S. global health assistance, the report summarizes USAID funding for global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2012, and highlights several budget related policy questions.
Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 13th) introduced the bill, H.R. 2144 – 21st Century Global Health Technology Act.Â The proposed bill would codify the “Health Technology Program” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and direct the program to “develop, advance, and introduce affordable, available, and appropriate and primarily late-stage technologies specifically designed to: (a) improve the health and nutrition of populations in developing countries; (b) reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality in such countries; and (c) improve the diagnosis, prevention, and reduction of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, in such countries.” The bill requires that the USAID Administrator provide an annual report to Congress on the progress of the program.
- Access Representative Sires’ press release about theÂ bill.Â