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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).

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”.
Administration announces global partnership to improve maternal and child health

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah provided remarks at the launch of the “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” partnership. This partnership between USAID, the government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the World Bank will invest at least $50 million over five years in “innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings.”

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.”

House Appropriations Committee Chairman announces FY 2011 spending levels

House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) announced the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2011. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations, which includes the majority of U.S. global health funding, was set at $46.953 billion ($9.693 below the President’s Request; $1.811 billion below the FY10 enacted level).

Congressional HIVAIDS Caucus Launched

Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th), Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7th), and Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ, 2nd) announced the launch of the new Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus “to examine methods by which the United States can maintain global leadership in the response to the epidemic in the U.S. and around the world.” Representatives Lee, McDermott, and Franks are co-chairs of the newly formed caucus.

U.S. and WHO sign agreement to assist developing nations meet international health regulations

The U.S. Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at helping developing nations strengthen their capabilities to meet the International Health Regulations (IHR), which “is an international agreement that requires WHO Member States to prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.”