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Administration releases report identifying research needs to study the human health impacts of climate change

The Administration released a report titled “A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change.” The report was produced by an interagency working group led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and “highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change.”

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).

USAID official testifies on the impacts of climate change in Africa

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on “Climate Change in Africa,” United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Africa, Franklin Moore discussed the implications of climate change in Africa on, among other things, food security and health, particularly the effects on nutrition, water and sanitation, and vector-borne diseases.

Secretary of State Clinton discusses the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy

In a speech given at CARE’s 2010 National Conference and Celebration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy stating that nutrition is a “common thread” across U.S. programs focused on agriculture, health, and education. Secretary Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s approach to improving nutrition which includes the prevention of under-nourishment by focusing on women and children during a 1,000 day window (starting at pregnancy and continuing through the second year of life), increased investments in research and development, ending the stovepiping of cross-cutting efforts, and incorporating nutrition as a focus of both the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative. During her speech, Secretary Clinton also discussed the Administration’s approach to development, the relationship of safe drinking water and nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to nutrition.

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah’s statements and actions on global health issues during trip to Africa

On May 12, 2010, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah began a six-day trip to Africa that would “focus on the development and progress of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative, while gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. bilateral and regional investments in agriculture, health, and democracy and governance.”

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 624: Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2009

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) summary of the bill states that it “would set a new target of enabling first-time access to improved water supply and sanitation for 100 million people in certain developing countries within six years of enactment” and designates staff from both USAID and the State Department to oversee this effort. The CBO “estimates that implementing S. 624 would cost about $8 billion over the 2011-2015 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.”

Secretary Clinton outlines the USG approach to water issues on World Water Day

In a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Clinton outlined the U.S. government’s approach to addressing water issues stating that “President Obama and I recognize that water issues are integral to the success of many of our major foreign policy initiatives” including global health efforts. Secretary Clinton highlighted five areas guiding U.S. efforts: capacity building; elevating water in U.S. diplomatic efforts and better coordinating with international organizations; mobilizing financial support; science and technology; and broadening partnerships with NGOs, nonprofits, and the private sector.

S.Res. 466 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Water Day” and “urges the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and all relevant Federal departments and agencies to increase the efforts and resources dedicated to . . . providing sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”

Millennium Challenge Corporation releases 2009 Annual Report

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released its 2009 Annual Report which “provides an update on the status of all MCC programs worldwide . . . [and] . . . includes highlights of MCC’s work on food security, human development, land rights, gender equality, and other country-led MCC initiatives.”

H.R. 4801 – Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill authorizes the Secretary of State to create the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy” to support global collaborative research efforts addressing such issues as multiple drug resistant diseases, water-borne diseases, sanitation, food shortage, and water resources.