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Senate passes "International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011"

The Senate passed by voice vote the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011” (S. 414). Originally introduced in February of 2011, the bill states, among other things, that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” 

Additional Information:

  • Senate report accompanying the bill (#112-170).
UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill (S. 3241) by a vote of 29-1, and released a bill summary as well as a Committee Report (#112-172). The bill includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of funding for the Global Health Initiative (total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available). The Senate bill would provide $8.5 billion to the GHI, $625 million more than the President’s FY13 request ($7.9 billion) and $461 million more than the House FY13 appropriations bill ($8.0 billion). It is also $311 million above the FY12 amount ($8.2 billion).

In addition, the committee approved an amendment introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would put into place a legislative repeal of the Mexico City Policy (also known as the “Global Gag Rule”).

Area

FY12 Estimated (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

FY13 House  (millions)

FY13 Senate  (millions)

Difference (millions)

Senate – FY12

Senate – Request

Senate – House

State Department – Global Health Programs (GHP)

HIV/AIDS Bilateral

$4,242.9

$3,700.0

$4,242.9

$3,900.0

$-342.9
 (-8.1%)

$200
 (5.4%)

$-342.9
 (-8.1%)

       UNAIDS (non-add)

$45.0

$45.0

Not Yet Available

$45.0

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

-

Global Fund*

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)

$0
 (0%)

$350
 (26.9%)

Total State-GHP

$5,542.9

$5,350.0

$5,542.9

$5,550.0

$7.1
 (0.1%)

$200
 (3.7%)

$7.1
 (0.1%)

USAID – Global Health Programs (GHP)

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

$605.6

$578.0

$605.6

$679.0

$73.4
 (12.1%)

$101
 (17.5%)

$73.4
 (12.1%)

       Polio (non-add)

$35.0

Not Yet Available

Not Yet Available

$35.5

$0.5
 (1.4%)

-

-

       GAVI (non-add)**

$130.0

$145.0

Not Yet Available

$145.0

$15
 (11.5%)

$0
 (0%)

-

Nutrition

$95.0

$90.0

$95.0

$122.0

$27
 (28.4%)

$32
 (35.6%)

$27
 (28.4%)

Vulnerable Children

$17.5

$13.0

$17.5

$23.0

$5.5
 (31.4%)

$10
 (76.9%)

$5.5
 (31.4%)

HIV/AIDS

$350.0

$330.0

$350.0

$350.0

$0
 (0%)

$20
 (6.1%)

$0
 (0%)

Tuberculosis

$236.0

$224.0

$236.0

$285.0

$49
 (20.8%)

$61
 (27.2%)

$49
 (20.8%)

Malaria

$650.0

$619.0

$650.0

$670.0

$20
 (3.1%)

$51
 (8.2%)

$20
 (3.1%)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

$89.0

$67.0

Not Yet Available

$125.0

$36
 (40.4%)

$58
 (86.6%)

-

Pandemic Preparedness

$58.0

$53.0

Not Yet Available

$75.0

$17
 (29.3%)

$22
 (41.5%)

-

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

$524.0

$530.0

Not Yet Available

$600.0

$76.1
 (14.5%)

$70
 (13.2%)

-

Total USAID-GHP:

$2,625.0

$2,504.0

$2,474.9

$2,929.0

$304
 (11.6%)

$425
 (17%)

$454.1
 (18.3%)

The Global Health Initiative

Total GHI (known amounts)****

$8,167.9

$7,854.0

$8,017.7

$8,479.0

$311.1
 (3.8%)

$625
 (8%)

$461.3
 (5.8%)

Total Family Planning & Reproductive Health (FP/RH) – All Accounts***

Total FP/RH***

$661.0

$642.7

$461.0

$744.5

$83.5
 (12.6%)

$101.8
 (15.8%)

$283.5
 (61.5%)

       of which GHP Account

$524.0

$530.0

Not Yet Available

$600.0

$76.1
 (14.5%)

$70
 (13.2%)

-

       of which UNFPA

$35.0

$39.0

$0.0

$44.5

$9.5
 (27.1%)

$5.5
 (14.1%)

$44.5
 (N/A)

       of which Other Accounts

$102.0

$73.7

Not Yet Available

$100.0

$-2
 (-2%)

$26.3
 (35.7%)

-

*The FY 2012 enacted amount for the Global Fund was $1.050 billion. The Administration subsequently moved $250 million from the HIV/AIDS bilateral line to the Global Fund, bringing the Global Fund amount up to $1.3 billion.     &nbs

USAID releases “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Global Health and Child Survival: Progress Report to Congress 2010-2011” summarizing the agency’s health development efforts for 2010-2011.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee releases summary of FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs approved the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill and released a bill summary. The bill includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department comprising a significant portion of funding for the Global Health Initiative (total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available).

The Senate bill would provide $8.4 billion to the GHI, which is approximately $500 million more than the President’s FY13 request ($7.9 billion) and $400 million more than the House FY13 appropriations bill ($8.0 billion). It is also approximately $200 million above the FY12 amount ($8.2 billion). Of this, the Senate bill would provide the following:

  • HIV/AIDS bilateral: $4.25 billion, which is greater than the President’s Request ($4.0 billion), but below the House bill ($4.6 billion), which maintained the FY12 levels.*
  • Global Fund: $1.65 billion, which is equal to the President’s Request and greater than the House bill ($1.3 billion), which maintained the FY12 levels.*
  • Maternal & Child Health (MCH): $655 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($578 million) and the House bill ($606 million), which maintained the FY12 levels.
  • Malaria: $650 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($619 million), but the same as the House bill, which maintained the FY12 levels.
  • Tuberculosis: $265 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($224 million) and the House bill ($236 million), which maintained the FY12 levels.
  • Pandemic: $75 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($53 million) and the FY12 amount ($58 million). The House bill did not specify an amount.

In addition, the bill would provide $700 million in funding from all accounts for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) including $44.5 million in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This is greater than the President’s request ($643 million) and the House bill ($461 million). It is also greater than FY12 levels ($661 million).

*The FY 2012 enacted amount for the Global Fund was $1.050 billion. The Administration subsequently moved $250 million from the HIV/AIDS bilateral line to the Global Fund, bringing the Global Fund amount up to $1.3 billion.

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.

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
USAID announces launch of Feed the Future’s new “Partnering for Innovation” program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Feed the Future’s (FtF) new “Partnering for Innovation” program, which “aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.”

Administration official testifies on Feed the Future Initiative

During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.

"Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012" introduced in House

Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012” (H.R. 6303) in the House. Among other things, the proposed bill would create research competitions at the global, regional, or country specific level with the aim of “address[ing] global challenges such as ocean acidification, nonproliferation, multiple drug resistant diseases, water-borne diseases, development of sustainable renewable energy resources, sanitation, food shortage, and water resources.”

“International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012″ introduced in House

Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th) introduced the “International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012” (H.R. 4141). Among other things, the proposed bill amends the Food for Peace Act and directs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator “to improve the nutritional quality of United States food assistance, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating mothers, children under the age of five, with a focus on the cost-effective 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2, when appropriate, and beneficiaries under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief in Africa (PEPFAR).”