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Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to assist Least Developed Countries through the GHI and Feed the Future

In a statement before the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General Assembly of the United Nations, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 987: International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this bill, which authorizes the President to provide assistance to developing countries in order to reduce the incidence of child marriage, would cost $67 million between 2011-2015. Among other things, the bill authorizes programs aimed at addressing the health needs of girls in developing countries.

Ambassador Verveer discusses the GHI and FtF at the African Union launch of the Decade for Women

In a video message to the African Union launch of the Decade for Women Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer provided remarks on U.S. efforts to address women’s empowerment through a women-and-girls-centered approach to the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).

State Department official discusses the role of women and girls in U.S. foreign policy, including in the GHI

In a speech titled “Advancing the Status of Women Around the World,” Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer discussed the focus on women and girls in the Obama Administration’s foreign policy approach including, among other things, an increased investment in women and girls as part of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Secretary Clinton announces $44 million commitment to initiatives supporting U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

In a speech commemorating the 10th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a $44 million commitment to initiatives aimed at empowering women and supporting the goals of U.N. Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Secretary Clinton stated that the new funding would be provided as follows:

- $17 million to support civil society groups focusing on women in Afghanistan;

- $14 million to nongovernmental groups working to expand access to clean water in conflict zones;

- $1.7 million to fund U.N. activities; and

- $11 million to expand literacy, job training, and maternal health services for refugee women and girls.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Administration Statements & Resources

The following U.S. government agencies and Administration officials released statements and resources commemorating International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:

Vice President Joseph Biden:

Vice President Biden summarized the steps being taken by the Obama Administration to work towards the elimination of gender-based violence globally including, among other things, providing care for rape victims, training health workers, and a focus on women and girls in the U.S. Global Development Policy.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice:

Ambassador Rice summarized the negative health effects of violence against women and stated that the “United States is deeply committed to ending the scourge of gender-based and sexual violence.”

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer:

In a video message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the 16 Days Campaign, Ambassador Verveer summarized the ways that the U.S. is working to eliminate gender-based violence globally and provided country specific examples of innovative programs aimed at addressing violence against women.

CRS Report – State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2010 Budget and Appropriations

From the report summary: “This report analyzes the FY2010 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action for FY2010, which includes the July 9 House approval of H.R. 3081, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY2010, July 9 Senate Appropriations Committee passage of its bill (S. 1434), and passage of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, signed into law Dec. 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).”

Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia

On February 13, 2010, Secretary of State Clinton began a four day diplomatic trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. During her trip Secretary Clinton commented on efforts by the U.S. and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to address matenal and child health issues as well as efforts to eradicate polio.

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
– USAID: $3.013 billion
– Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
– Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
– Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
– Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
– Department of State: $5.500 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
– Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

Administration releases Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document

The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).