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Bipartisan Congressional letter to the President expresses support for “robust” FY 2011 International Affairs Budget

Congressman Berman sent a letter signed by 189 members of Congress expressing to the President “strong support for a robust International Affairs Budget” for FY 2011 stating that programs funded through the International Affairs budget support interventions for those “who live under oppressive poverty, face starvation, battle HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases and suffer the consequences of conflict and insecurity.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “America’s Commitment to the Fight Against Global AIDS”

The fact sheet summarizes U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS including the latest results from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Additionally, the fact sheet states that “the U.S. is placing a renewed emphasis on supporting partner country ownership of AIDS programs” and that “the Global Health Initiative will continue America’s commitment to priorities like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and will integrate current programs with those that address maternal and child health, family planning and neglected tropical diseases.”

“U.S.-China Joint Statement” includes commitments on global health issues

The White House released a joint statement between the U.S. and China in which the two countries “agreed to collaborate further in joint research in the health sector including on stem cells. They will deepen cooperation on global public health issues, including Influenza A (H1N1) prevention, surveillance, reporting and control, and on avian influenza, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. They will also enhance cooperation on food and product safety and quality.”

National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health award grants to study the ecology of infectious disease

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the awarding of 10 grants through the Ecology of Infectious Disease (EID) program that “will study how large-scale environmental events–such as habitat destruction and global warming–alter the risks of viral, parasitic and bacterial diseases in humans and animals.”

President Obama discusses U.S. global health and food security strategies at Clinton Global Initiative

During a speech at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama summarized the U.S. global health strategy as “building on successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and working to end deaths from malaria and TB and to end polio.” The President stated that “these efforts will only be sustained if we improve the capacity of public health systems to deliver care, especially for mothers and children.” Finally, the President stated that new U.S. investments in food security would focus on sharing “new methods and technologies so that countries and communities can become more self-sufficient.”

H.R. 3560 – 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.

Statement by U.S. Representative at Annual United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund Joint Executive Board Meeting

In a statement at the annual joint Executive Board meeting of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs stated that “the United States looks to UNFPA as a key partner in our efforts to increase worldwide access to reproductive health and family planning” and that the U.S. “will work to integrate women-focused interventions among our health programs and link maternal health, voluntary family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and other health services.”

USAID releases “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010″

USAID released “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010.” The report provides an update on USAID’s “strategy for using research funds to stimulate the development and introduction of key products” and highlights research in the following areas: maternal and newborn health; child, environmental, and urban health; nutrition; reproductive health and family planning; HIV/AIDS; malaria; tuberculosis; and health systems strengthening.

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2010

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.”