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Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…

21st Century Global Health Technology Act introduced in House

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 8th) introduced the “21st Century Global Health Technology Act” (H.R. 1515), which would, among other things, recognize and codify existing research and development efforts at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by authorizing a health technology program aimed at developing technologies to “improve the health…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

USAID releases “Health-Research Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Health-Related Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015” detailing the agency’s efforts to address global “health and development issues through technology development, research and evaluation, and introduction and scale-up of real world, evidence-based solutions.”

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.

President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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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.

CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”