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USAID releases report on childhood blindness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness,” which “provides information on the current status of child blindness around the world and the work of essential U.S. government humanitarian and development assistance programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in addressing…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…

USAID and Kimberly-Clark announce partnership to improve maternal and child health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Kimberly-Clark announced a new partnership “to improve maternal and child health [MCH] in the Andean region” by linking the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative to Kimberly-Clark’s existing MCH programs.

UPDATED: House-Senate Conference Committee releases FY 2012 Appropriations Agreement

UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
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Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.

According to the Conference Report and the Joint Statement of Managers, the legislation also:

  • Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
  • Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
  • Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:

Area

Part of the GHI*

FY11 Enacted (millions)

FY12 Request (millions)

FY12 Conference Agreement
(millions)**

Difference
(millions)

Conference – FY11

Conference – Request

State & Foreign Operations

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

X

$548.9

$846.0

$605.6

$56.7
 (10.3%)

$-240.5
 (-28.4%)

        GAVI (non-add)

X

$90.0

$115.0

$100.0

$10
 (11.1%)

$-15
 (-13%)

Nutrition

X

$89.8

$150.0

$95.0

$5.2
 (5.8%)

$-55
 (-36.7%)

Vulnerable Children

X

$15.0

$15.0

$17.5

$2.5
 (16.9%)

$2.5
 (16.7%)

HIV/AIDS

X

$4,935.1

$4,991.9

$4,842.9

$-92.3
 (-1.9%)

$-149
 (-3%)

        USAID

X

$349.3

$350.0

$350.0

$0.7
 (0.2%)

$0
 (0%)

        State Department

X

$4,585.8

$4,641.9

$4,492.9

$-93
 (-2%)

$-149
 (-3.2%)

Global Fund

X

$748.5

$1,000.0

$1,050.0

$301.5
 (40.3%)

$50
 (5%)

Family Planning/Reproductive Health (FP/RH)***

 

$615.0

$769.1

$610.0

$-5
 (-0.8%)

$-159.1
 (-20.7%)

        GHCS Account

X

$524.0

$625.6

$524.0

$0
 (0%)

$-101.7
 (-16.2%)

        Other Bilateral Accounts

 

$51.1

$96.0

$51.1

$0
 (0%)

$-45
 (-46.8%)

        UNFPA

 

$40.0

$47.5

$35.0

$-5
 (-12.5%)

$-12.5
 (-26.3%)

Tuberculosis

X

$224.6

$236.0

$236.0

$11.5
 (5.1%)

$0
 (0%)

Malaria

X

$618.8

$691.0

$650.0

$31.2
 (5%)

$-41
 (-5.9%)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

X

$76.8

$100.0

$89.0

$12.2
 (15.8%)

$-11
 (-11%)

Pandemic Preparedness

X

$47.9

$60.0

$58.0

$10.1
 (21.1%)

$-2
 (-3.3%)

MCC

 

$898.2

$1,125.1

$898.2

$0
 (0%)

$-226.9
 (-20.2%)

Water

 

-

-

$315.0

-

-

Health and Human Services (HHS)

CDC Global Health

 

$340.3

$381.2

$348.9

$8.6
 (2.5%)

$-32.4
 (-8.5%)

        of which HIV

X

$118.7

$118.0

$117.8

$-0.9
 (-0.8%)

$-0.2
 (-0.2%)

NIH – Global Fund

X

$297.3

$300.0

$0.0

$-297.3
 (-100%)

$-300
 (-100%)

NIH – Fogarty International Center

 

$69.4

$71.3

$69.6

$0.2
 (0.3%)

$-1.7
 (-2.4%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$10.0

$0.0

$8.0

$-2
 (-20%)

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  • S. 589 – Global Service Fellowship Program Act of 2009

    The bill directs the Administrator of USAID to establish an “Office of Volunteers for Prosperity” that will fund and oversee a fellowship program aimed at creating volunteering opportunities abroad. Fellowships would be award to individuals working on projects that address a variety of challenges facing developing countries including: “reducing child mortality and improving maternal health, providing medical and dental health care and prevention, and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases.” The bill authorizes $15 million per year from 2010 to 2012.

    H.Res. 278 – Global Security Priorities Resolution

    The resolution calls on the President to continue efforts to address the threat of international terrorism and protect international security by reducing nuclear weapons. The savings that would result from this reduction should be directed to child health, food, and education programs in the world’s most need countries including $5 billion over five years for the “implementation of integrated packages of high impact and low-cost health and nutrition interventions at the community level” and an additional $1.5 billion annually over five years “targeted at reducing the incidence of child hunger and increasing child nutrition and educational opportunities” through Food for Peace and the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for education and Child Nutrition Program.

    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.

    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.