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Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls“, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.

Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Administration releases “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle”

The Administration released the “Global Health Initiative Supplemental Guidance on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality Principle,” which expands upon the goals and programming recommendations for women, girls, and gender equity under the GHI and includes specific requirements for GHI country strategies.

USAID establishes new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Highlighting the role of women in “eliminating hunger, mitigating the effects of global climate change, and drastically reducing maternal mortality”, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the transformation of the Economic, Growth, Agriculture, and Trade’s Women in Development Office into a new Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment that will focus “on building partnerships that can deliver results.”

S. 414 – International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011

Among other things, the bill states that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” The bill authorizes “such sums as necessary.”

USAID releases “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Striving for a Healthy Future: Global Health and Child Survival – Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress.” The report summarizes the agency’s FY 2009 “global health strategies, interventions, and achievements in fighting infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS; protecting maternal and child health; supporting voluntary family planning; assisting programs for orphans and vulnerable children; building health systems capacity; and supporting cutting-edge technologies and research.”

Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer released statements highlighting, among other things, the health impacts of gender-based violence and the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls.

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President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Sebelius discuss global health issues during UNGA

President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.”  President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR). 

Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership.  Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.”  At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”

Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.

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White House

  • Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)

State Department

USAID