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CRS releases report on FY2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

CRS releases report on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria: Issues for Congress and U.S. Contributions from FY2001 to the FY2012 Request.” In addition to background information and a summary of U.S. contributions to the Global Fund, the report “discusses changes the Global Fund has made to improve the efficiency of its programs and address allegations of corruption, . . . and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of U.S support to provide the Fund.”

USAID releases “2010 Health Research Report to Congress: Health Systems Strengthening Chapter”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “2010 Health Research Report to Congress: Health Systems Strengthening Chapter,” the fourth installment of the final annual update on the results of USAID’s 2006-2010 health research strategy. The first installment was a chapter on HIV/AIDS, the second installment was a chapter on maternal health, and the third installment was on newborn health.

Administrator Shah delivers speech titled “Modern Development Enterprise” and announces new evaluation policy

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered a speech titled “The Modern Development Enterprise” at the Center for Global Development. During his remarks, Administrator Shah emphasized the importance of monitoring and evaluation of U.S. development efforts and announced the release of USAID’s new evaluation policy.

CRS releases report on global challenge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The Global Challenge of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.” According to the summary, “[t]his report reviews the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria and discusses several issues Congress may consider as it debates spending levels and priority areas for related programs” including funding trends, disease-specific issues, and cross-cutting issues.

HConRes 49- Supportong the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Helath Initiative

Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th) introduced the bill, H.Con.Res. 49 – 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 proposed resolution states that Congress “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day,” “reaffirms the goals and commitments to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry H. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293),” and “supports continued leadership and investment by the United States in bilateral and multilateral efforts to combat malaria as a critical part of the President’s Global Health Initiative.”

USAID expands malaria prevention program in Africa

In a press release, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the expansion of its Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program in Africa through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).  The $189 million, three-year contract “will provide technical and financial support to the Ministries of Health and National Malaria Control Programs in African countries to build country-level capacity for malaria prevention activities.”

President Obama discusses global health issues during speech before Ghanaian Parliament

In a speech before the Ghanaian Parliament, President Obama listed health as one of “four areas that are critical to the future of Africa and the entire developing world.” President Obama also stated that “because of incentives — often provided by donor nations — many African doctors and nurses go overseas, or work for programs that focus on a single disease. And this creates gaps in primary care and basic prevention.” Finally, President Obama summarized his global health initiative stating that his administration “will carry forward the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will pursue the goal of ending deaths from malaria and tuberculosis, and we will work to eradicate polio. We will fight — we will fight neglected tropical disease. And we won’t confront illnesses in isolation — we will invest in public health systems that promote wellness and focus on the health of mothers and children.”

Senators Russ Feingold and Roger Wicker launch bipartisan Senate Working Group on Malaria

The Senate Working Group on Malaria states that it will work “to help raise awareness and support for efforts to combat the disease, . . . expand and improve U.S. leadership in the fight against malaria and will share information to combat the disease with other working groups on malaria around the world.”

Other Senators joining the Working Group include:

- Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM);

- Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS);

- Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL);

- Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA);

- Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA);

- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA);

- Senator Jim Risch (R-ID);

- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT);

- Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME); and

- Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA).

S. 1591 – 21st Century Global Health Technology Act

The proposed bill would establish the “Health Technology Program” within USAID to “develop, advance, and introduce affordable, available, and appropriate technologies specifically designed: a) to improve the health and nutrition of developing country populations; b) to reduce maternal and child mortality; and c) to improve the diagnosis, prevention and reduction of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other major diseases.” The bill requires that program funding be provided by USAID on a competitive basis and that the USAID Administrator provide an annual report to Congress on the progress and outlook of the program. Finally, the bill authorizes the appropriation of $5 million for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014.