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USAID releases report on childhood blindness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness,” which “provides information on the current status of child blindness around the world and the work of essential U.S. government humanitarian and development assistance programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in addressing…

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…

USAID and Swiss Re announce partnership to combat hunger

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swiss Re announced a three year partnership to, among other things, combat hunger in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.  The partnership work to combine the Swiss Re’s risk management solutions with USAID’s Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).

USAID and Kimberly-Clark announce partnership to improve maternal and child health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Kimberly-Clark announced a new partnership “to improve maternal and child health [MCH] in the Andean region” by linking the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative to Kimberly-Clark’s existing MCH programs.

President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day

White House:

President Barack Obama provided remarks at a World AIDS Day event hosted by ONE and (RED) at the George Washington University and issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate World AIDS Day.   During his remarks, President Obama announced new treatment and prevention goals of “providing anti-retroviral drugs to more than 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women over the next two years . . . [and] helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013” – an increase of 2 million over the prior target, and called on countries to fulfill their commitments to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:

State Department:

Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day. Secretary Sebelius also announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
  • Statement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Office of AIDS Research Dr. Jack Whitescarver, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

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

U.S. Mission to the United Nations:

  • Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

Peace Corps:

  • Peace Corps statement commemorating World AIDS Day.

Department of Defense (DoD):

  • DoD statement titled “World AIDS Day Raises Awareness, Highlights Advances”.

Department of Labor (DoL):

  • DoL Secretary Hilda Solis’ statement titled “Forging Ahead on World AIDS Day”.
National Science Foundation partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to address global agriculture challenges

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have announced a $50 million initiative to provide grants for “science research projects that develop innovative approaches and technologies to boost agricultural productivity in developing countries.” The funding program is called BREAD (Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development) and will be conducted over a 5-year period.