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Administration official discusses “Global Health and Foreign Policy”

In a speech titled “Global Health and Foreign Policy,” U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Ambassador Rick Barton discussed the core principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and stated “health is at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs], and is essential to progress on poverty eradication, socio-economic development, primary education for all, gender equality, and partnering for development.”

HHS announces new health promotion and disease prevention agenda; includes global health objectives

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced “Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention,” and included specific global health objectives as part of the initiative. The global health objectives are as follows:

1) Reduce the number of malaria cases reported in the United States;

2) Decrease the tuberculosis (TB) case rate for foreign-born persons living in the United States;

3) Increase the number of Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Centers worldwide to detect and contain emerging health threats;

4) Increase the number of public health professionals trained by Global Disease Detection (GDD) programs worldwide; and

5) Increase diagnostic testing capacity in host countries and regionally through the Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Centers.

S.Res. 432 – Supporting the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung 2010.

The resolution states that “the Senate supports the goals and ideals of the Year of the Lung,” which includes efforts to combat global tuberculosis and other lung-related diseases.

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on March 3, 2010.

- Passed by unanimous consent in the Senate on December 22, 2010.

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.

State Department Official discusses health and food security in a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration”

In a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration” given at the Harvard University Africa Focus Program, Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, outlined the areas of focus for U.S. work with African countries including food security and health. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Carson discussed the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI), the Obama Administration’s efforts to address health issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

H.Res. 1155 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis; (2) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (3) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Timeline of the resolution:

- Introduced and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 10, 2010.

- Approved by a voice vote in the House on May 12, 2010.

Ambassador Eric Goosby testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 budget request for PEPFAR

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,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, testified on the FY 2011 budget request for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his testimony, Ambassador Goosby discussed PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and highlighted several areas of focus as outlined in the Five-Year Strategy including: prevention, country ownership, and strengthening health systems.

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.

H.Res. 1140 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (2) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”