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State Department releases fact sheet titled "The U.S. Global Health Initiative: Saving Lives and Promoting Security"

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Global Health Initiative: Saving Lives and Promoting Security,” which, among other things, details the GHI’s principles and targets.

PMI releases external evaluation

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released an external evaluation of the first five years (FY 2006-FY 2010) of the initiative. According to the report, PMI was evaluated on its ability to advance its goals, incorporate its four core principles, and partner at the global and country level. The report also provided an assessment of PMI’s program outcomes and impacts, operational research activities, and provided actionable recommendations for PMI improvement.

White House releases FY 2013 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2013 budget request, which included funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health activities.  Overall, funding for the GHI is down in the FY 2013 request, with most of the reduction coming from HIV/AIDS bilateral amounts.  Most other areas saw decreases as well, except for family planning and funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and GAVI, which increased.

Area

FY12 Estimate (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

Difference: FY13 – FY12 (millions)

The Global Health Initiative (GHI)

Total GHI

$8,827.6

$8,524.4

$-303.2
 (-3.4%)

     of which PEPFAR

$6,632.3

$6,418.0

$-214.3
 (-3.2%)

           of which HIV*

$5,082.4

$4,536.0

$-546.4
 (-10.8%)

           of which TB

$249.8

$232.0

$-17.8
 (-7.1%)

           of which Global Fund

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)


*Total USG bilateral funding for HIV/AIDS programs.

Area

Part of the GHI

FY12 Estimate (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

Difference: FY13 – FY12 (millions)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

HIV

X

$350.0

$330.0

$-20
 (-5.7%)

Tuberculosis

X

$249.8

$232.0

$-17.8
 (-7.1%)

       GHP account

X

$236.0

$224.0

$-12
 (-5.1%)

       Other accounts

X

$13.8

$8.0

$-5.8
 (-42.2%)

Malaria

X

$650.0

$619.0

$-31
 (-4.8%)

MCH

X

$605.6

$578.0

$-27.6
 (-4.5%)

       of which GAVI

X

$130.0

$145.0

$15
 (11.5%)

Nutrition

X

$95.0

$90.0

$-5
 (-5.3%)

FP/RH

X

$524.0

$530.0

$6
 (1.2%)

NTDs

X

$89.0

$67.0

$-22
 (-24.7%)

Vulnerable Children

X

$17.5

$13.0

$-4.5
 (-25.7%)

Pandemic Influenza

X

$58.0

$53.0

$-5
 (-8.6%)

State Department

HIV

X

$4,242.9

$3,700.0

$-542.9
 (-12.8%)

Global Fund

X

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)

UNFPA

 

$35.0

$39.0

$4
 (11.4%)

National Institutes for Health (NIH)

HIV

X

$364.5

$388.9

$24.4
 (6.7%)

Malaria

X

$147.0

$147.0

$0
 (0%)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HIV

X

$117.1

$117.2

$0
 (0%)

Malaria

X

$9.3

$9.4

$0.1
 (1.1%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$8.0

$0.0

$-8
 (-100%)

Malaria

X

$0.0

$0.0

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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 and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Additional Information:

U.S. and Australia highlight global health issues during ministerial consultation

The U.S. and Australia released a Joint Communique at the conclusion of the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultation (AUSMIN) summarizing the priority issues discussed during the bilateral meeting. Among other things, the communique outlines joint efforts and plans to address global health issues including improving maternal and child health (MCH), reducing the risk and spread of emerging infectious diseases, control and elimination of malaria, and food security.

Additional Information:

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks at the opening of the AUSMIN Ministerial
GAO releases report on drug quality in global health programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Additional Information:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.
Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.