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Administration releases Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document

The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

State Department releases fact sheet titled “Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls: Keys to a Better Future for Afghanistan”

Among other things, the fact sheet summarizes U.S. efforts to improve the health of Afghan women and girls by initiating, and bolstering, “existing program initiatives to improve women’s and girls’ access to healthcare.” The fact sheet states that through U.S. government assistance, “the number of midwives available to assist with deliveries has quadrupled” and “the number of health facilities with women health workers has more than doubled” since 2001.

Secretary Clinton’s “Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development”

In remarks commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Secretary Clinton stated that the Obama Administration “understand[s] there is a direct line between a woman’s reproductive health and her ability to lead a productive fulfilling life. . . So we are rededicating ourselves to the global efforts to improve reproductive health for women and girls.” Secretary Clinton also stated that the Obama Administration is committed to achieving both the Cairo goals and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Five and summarized the ways that the Administration would work to achieve these goals including: increased funding for reproductive healthcare and the integration of women’s issues in the U.S. foreign policy agenda, particularly the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Global Food Security Initiative.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks on “Development in the 21st Century”

In a speech titled “Development in the 21st Century,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention “to rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.” She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway “to make sure that development delivers lasting results”:

1) Adopt a model of development that emphasizes partnerships with countries, multilateral organizations, NGOs, Universities, and the private sector;

2) Elevate development and integrate development more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field;

3) Improve the coordination of development across federal agencies and reduce reliance on contractors by increasing staff and expertise at USAID and the State Department;

4) Target investment and develop technical excellence in a few key areas, such as health, agriculture, security, education, energy, and local governance;

5) Increase investment in innovation; and

6) Increase investment on women and girls, who are critical to advancing social, economic, and political progress.

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 December 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).

H.Res. 947 – Expressing commitment to the objectives of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development

Among other things, the proposed resolution states “that the House of Representatives–(1) remains committed to the goals and objectives of the Cairo Consensus, as set forth at the International Conference on Population and Development” and “(2) supports the President’s public commitment to the advancement of the Cairo Consensus and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “America’s Commitment to the Fight Against Global AIDS”

The fact sheet summarizes U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS including the latest results from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Additionally, the fact sheet states that “the U.S. is placing a renewed emphasis on supporting partner country ownership of AIDS programs” and that “the Global Health Initiative will continue America’s commitment to priorities like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and will integrate current programs with those that address maternal and child health, family planning and neglected tropical diseases.”

H.Res. 931 – Supporting the goals and ideals of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Among other things, the resolution states that violence against women “is a public health epidemic and a barrier to solving global challenges such as extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, and conflict,” and that the House of Representatives “supports the goals and ideals of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,” and “encourages the President to . . . increase health sector capacity to address violence against women and girls.”

USAID issues consensus statement on family planning as a key component of post abortion care

USAID “issued a consensus statement about the importance of family planning as a key component of post abortion care.” The consensus statement, which was also signed by International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and the International Council of Nurses (ICN), “notes that all women should receive counseling and family planning services after any abortion – spontaneous or induced – irrespective of the pregnancy termination or evacuation procedure used.”