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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”

In a video message commemorating World TB Day, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”. The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG TB program from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG TB programs in the Global Health Initiative, USG country planning and scale-up of interventions, the coordination and collaboration of USG agencies, and plans to monitor and report on USG efforts.

CRS Report – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: U.S. Contributions and Issues for Congress

From the report summary: “This report provides background information on the Global Fund, summarizes key findings on the Global Fund’s progress through 2009, outlines U.S. funding for the Fund, and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of support to provide the Fund.”

Administration remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders”

During remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders,” President Obama discussed the role of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future) in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also described U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and efforts to achieve food security.

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Administration officials blog about global health issues during UNGA

Administration officials provided updates from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), water and sanitation, malaria, nutrition, and efforts to improve the health of children.

Secretary Clinton announces international alliance on reproductive, maternal and newborn health

During remarks at U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Millennium Development Goals’ maternal and child health event, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a five-year joint effort between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “to increase access to family planning and reduce maternal and neonatal deaths in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.”

NIH releases “Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009″

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the “Biennial Report of the Director, National Institutes of Health, Fiscal Years 2008 & 2009” providing an overview of NIH research activities and “an assessment of the state of biomedical and behavioral research organized by disease category, investigative approach, and resource.”

House Appropriations Subcommittee completes markup of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations completed its markup of the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $52.656 billion ($4 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $3.89 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.25 billion ($263 million below the President’s request; $471 million above the FY10 enacted level) which includes $2.725 billion for USAID and $5.525 billion for the State Department. Funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.875 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million
– Malaria: $615 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $735 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $60 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

H.R. 5783 – Investing in Our Future Act of 2010

The proposed bill would impose a 0.005% tax on the value of the currency (if greater than $10,000 USD) acquired in a currency exchange transaction. The revenue generated by this tax would be directed to three new trust funds established at the Department of the Treasure: 20% would be directed to a “Child Care Assistance Trust Fund,” 40% to a “Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund,” and 40% to a “Global Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Trust Fund.” The Secretary of State would have authority to provide grants from the Multilateral Global Health Trust Fund to entities such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and other multilateral organizations that meet specific criteria outlined in the bill. The bill also states that funding for the multilateral organizations must be in addition to and not replacing existing funding and should be used for the purposes of “addressing HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal mortality, family planning, neglected diseases, and other health issues affecting developing countries.”