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USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival account budget request

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing titled “Global Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,” USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele, testified on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) account budget request. Topics covered in her testimony include: a breakdown of the FY 2011 budget request and program plans; health systems strengthening; integrating health programs; engaging with multilateral, nongovernmental, faith-based, and community based organizations; public-private partnerships; and research.

CRS Report – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: U.S. Contributions and Issues for Congress

From the report summary: “This report provides background information on the Global Fund, summarizes key findings on the Global Fund’s progress through 2009, outlines U.S. funding for the Fund, and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of support to provide the Fund.”

Administration remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders”

During remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders,” President Obama discussed the role of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future) in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also described U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and efforts to achieve food security.

S. 3686 – An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 17-12 the FY 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies bill with the following recommendations:

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC (total): $353.3 million
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $153.2 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Fogarty International Center (FIC): $72.9 million

- The Global Fund: $300 million

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Administration officials blog about global health issues during UNGA

Administration officials provided updates from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), water and sanitation, malaria, nutrition, and efforts to improve the health of children.

Secretary Clinton announces international alliance on reproductive, maternal and newborn health

During remarks at U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Millennium Development Goals’ maternal and child health event, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a five-year joint effort between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “to increase access to family planning and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.”

NIH releases “Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009″

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the “Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009” providing an overview of NIH research activities and “an assessment of the state of biomedical and behavioral research organized by disease category, investigative approach, and resource.”

Admiral Ziemer outlines the Administration’s goals for development at Lower Mekong Initiative Infectious Disease Conference

During remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Infectious Disease Conference the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Coordinator Admiral Timothy Ziemer outlined the Administration’s four goals for development: committing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ensuring country ownership, finding new ways to innovate, and efficiency in achieving results. Admiral Ziemer also described the guiding principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI): a focus on women’s health; increased collaboration and coordination within the U.S. government; shared responsibility of the international community; country ownership; sustainability; and monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and innovation. Admiral Ziemer concluded by highlighting U.S. commitments to improve health in the Lower Mekong region.