The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HP to collaborate on projects that, among other things, promote science, technology, and global 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.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, announced a new collaborative effort whereby Peace Corps Volunteers will work “with PMI in-country staff to support malaria control program efforts” in Africa.
The National Institutes for Health (NIH) announced a new partnership with the Wellcome Trust to examine the population-based genetics of both communicable and non-communicable disorders and build research capacity in Africa. The new effort, called the Human Heredity and Health in Africa project or H3Africa, will utilize genetic, clinical, and epidemiological screening tools to “identify hereditary and non-hereditary components that contribute to the risk of illnesses” and will receive $5 million per year over 5 years from the NIH ($750 thousand is being provided in FY10 to initiate the project).
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Angola “establishing the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.” Secretary Clinton stated the two countries will cooperate on priorities including agriculture, food security, and HIV/AIDS.
The State Department announced that “the United States intends to provide approximately $36 million to programs for humanitarian relief, reconstruction, and community stabilization to aid those affected by the crisis” in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming a strategic partnership on international development to work “together to reduce poverty in developing countries and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs].” AusAID and USAID outlined four priorities for cooperation including improving food security, maternal and child health and family planning, Afghanistan, and climate change.
During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.
President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees. The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.
- HIV/AIDS Prevention
- HIV/AIDS Treatment
- The Global AIDS Epidemic
- HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination
During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response. During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”
- PEPFAR Launches Labs For Life with Partners, a $20 million partnership to “to help strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in the developing world.”
- Progress on Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”
During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response. NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.
- Several White House officials provided video messages describing “How Far We’ve Come on AIDS”
- Dr. Jill Biden Views the AIDS Memorial Quilt
- AIDS Memorial Quilt in the White House
- Trade and Access to Medicines: Working to Make the Two Go Hand in Hand
- Ask the Expert: Administrator Shah on the AIDS fight
- African Leaders Call for Scale up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in East and Southern Africa
- The Journey of Life for Children Living with HIV – From Diagnosis to Adulthood
- From Evidence to Action: What Works for Women and Girls
- Social Media and Mobile @ AIDS 2012
- USG @ AIDS 2012: How to Talk About a “Cure”
- AIDS 2012: HIV in Gay and Bisexual Men
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Ambassador Goosby
- The Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Mental Health
- 25 Years of HIV/AIDS Training has Transformed the Research Landscape
- USG @ AIDS 2012 Video: Dr. Koh and Dr. Daulaire
- Answering the Call to Action with Science
- USG at AIDS 2012: Video with Dr. Anthony Fauci
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses AIDS 2012
- Secretary Sebelius Addresses Opening Session of AIDS 2012
- AIDS 2012: Measuring Progress by Lives Saved
- A Historical Perspective on the International AIDS Conference
- US Leads Effort to Build on Success in HIV Vaccine Science
- AIDS 2012 and HRSA
- Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- New Media Sessions and Activities at AIDS 2012
- NIH Leadership at the XIX International AIDS Conference
- AIDS 2012: Listening, Learning and Working Together to Help Turn the Tide
- Our Research in Kenya: Finding Ways to Improve HIV Treatment Access and Outcomes
- Making Every Dollar Count in the Fight against Global HIV/AIDS
Department of Labor:
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches, Events & Hearings, Reports & Factsheets, Announcement
- Organization/Initiative: PEPFAR, USAID, State Dept., White House, HHS, NIH, CDC, DoL
- Issue/Condition: HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Maternal & Child Health, Health System Strengthening (HSS)
Senators Coons and Wicker announce creation of Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropic Diseases
Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) announced that the Senate Malaria Working Group would become the Senate Caucus on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which “will focus on efforts to stem the global tide of 17 neglected tropical diseases including malaria.”
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee releases summary of FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill
The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations and Related Programs approved the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill and released a bill summary. The bill includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department comprising a significant portion of funding for the Global Health Initiative (total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available).
The Senate bill would provide $8.4 billion to the GHI, which is approximately $500 million more than the President’s FY13 request ($7.9 billion) and $400 million more than the House FY13 appropriations bill ($8.0 billion). It is also approximately $200 million above the FY12 amount ($8.2 billion). Of this, the Senate bill would provide the following:
- HIV/AIDS bilateral: $4.25 billion, which is greater than the President’s Request ($4.0 billion), but below the House bill ($4.6 billion), which maintained the FY12 levels.*
- Global Fund: $1.65 billion, which is equal to the President’s Request and greater than the House bill ($1.3 billion), which maintained the FY12 levels.*
- Maternal & Child Health (MCH): $655 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($578 million) and the House bill ($606 million), which maintained the FY12 levels.
- Malaria: $650 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($619 million), but the same as the House bill, which maintained the FY12 levels.
- Tuberculosis: $265 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($224 million) and the House bill ($236 million), which maintained the FY12 levels.
- Pandemic: $75 million, which is greater than the President’s Request ($53 million) and the FY12 amount ($58 million). The House bill did not specify an amount.
In addition, the bill would provide $700 million in funding from all accounts for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) including $44.5 million in funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). This is greater than the President’s request ($643 million) and the House bill ($461 million). It is also greater than FY12 levels ($661 million).
*The FY 2012 enacted amount for the Global Fund was $1.050 billion. The Administration subsequently moved $250 million from the HIV/AIDS bilateral line to the Global Fund, bringing the Global Fund amount up to $1.3 billion.
- Area: Congress, Budget
- Information Type: Senate Bills, Announcement
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, USAID, State Dept., The Global Fund
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)