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GAO releases report on drug quality in global health programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day (March 24, 2012):

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Resolution “Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs” introduced in House

Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY, 17th) introduced a resolution (H.Res. 594) titled “Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs”, which states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis” and “reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.”

IOM releases summary of a workshop on the drug supply chain for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled “Developing and Strengthening the Global Supply Chain for Second-Line Drugs for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis – Workshop Summary.” The workshop was held on July 31 – August 1, 2012 “to explore options and opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the global [second-line drug] (SLD) supply chain in delivering drugs to patients.”

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.

Obama Administration announces 3-year, $4 billion pledge and calls for reforms to the Global Fund

As part of the Third Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria the Obama Administration announced a 3-year, $4 billion (FY11-FY13) pledge and a “Call to Action” to the Global Fund aimed at “develop[ing] and implement[ing] a set of reforms to maximize the impact of Global Fund grants.” Additionally, a press release from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) on the new commitment and “Call to Action” states that future U.S. contributions to the Global Fund would be based on a “review of: 1) measurable progress in delivering on an action agenda for improved grant impact, 2) maintaining the Global Fund’s focus on combating the three diseases, and 3) continued financial support from other donors.”

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).

USAID releases “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis.” The report provides an overview of U.S. assistance for TB country including country-level activities, contributions to health systems, research, and global partnerships.

President Obama discusses U.S.-India’s efforts to address global health issues

In a joint statement, President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “celebrated” the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two countries to create a Global Disease Detection (GDD) Regional Center in New Delhi aimed at facilitating preparedness against health threats such as pandemic flu.

Additionally, in a speech given to a Joint Session of the Indian Parliament, President Obama stated that the U.S. will “continue to support India’s effort against diseases like tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and as global partners, we’ll work to improve global health by preventing the spread of pandemic flu.”

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).”