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).
The Peace Corps announced a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to expand food security programs that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries.
President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day
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.
- The White House also released a fact sheet titled “The Beginning of the End of AIDS” summarizing efforts to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
- White House Blog post – “American Leadership to Reach an AIDS-Free Generation” by Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby.
- White House Blog Post – “Getting to Zero on World AIDS Day”.
- White House Blog Post – “By the Numbers: $335“.
Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:
- Statement from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on World AIDS Day.
- Statement from Ambassador Goosby on UNAIDS Global Epidemic.
- PEPFAR’s latest results.
- State Department DipNote blog post – “Artists Promote an AIDS-Free Generation in Zimbabwe”
- State Department DipNote blog post – “An AIDS-Free Generation in Reach”
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):
- USAID Administrator Shah writes USAID Impact Blog post titled “World AIDS Day: New Advances Are Critical to Achieving the Vision of an AIDS-free Generation”.
- USAID Impact Blog – “Victim of Sex Trade Inspires Others to Adopt Healthy Behaviors“.
- USAID’s HIV/AIDS Timeline.
U.S. Mission to the United Nations:
- Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.
- 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”.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) announced that they will co-chair the Senate Working Group on Malaria “to raise Congressional awareness of U.S. efforts to stem the tide of malaria across the globe.”
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 â€œinnovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings.â€
Highlighting the role of women in â€œeliminating hunger, mitigating the effects of global climate change, and drastically reducing maternal mortalityâ€, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the transformation of the Economic, Growth, Agriculture, and Tradeâ€™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 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).
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.
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.”
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced a $45 million, four year initiative “to examine the effectiveness of combination approaches to HIV prevention.”