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State Department launches Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative

The State Department announced the launch of the Gender-Based Violence Emergency Response and Protection Initiative (GBV Initiative).  According to a State Department press release, the initiative is a global program that will address the immediate security needs of survivors and those who are under credible threat of GBV by providing…

Administration statements in response to enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

President Obama released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda saying that the law “will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people.” Additionally, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement expressing concern “about the law’s…

U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…

USAID releases draft Nutrition Strategy seeking public comment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release and requested public comment on a draft agency-wide Nutrition Strategy. According to the announcement, the strategy, which would establish the guiding principles, conceptual framework, and key deliverables, will serve as a “benchmark towards the development of a broader U.S. Government…

President Obama announces new Global Fund pledge and other Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

In remarks commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1), which coincided with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) 4th Replenishment Conference being held in Washington, DC, President Obama announced that the U.S. would “contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years,…

U.S. joins Minamata Convention on Mercury

On November 6, The United States signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to a press release from the State Department, the Minamata Convention aims “to reduce exposure to mercury, a toxic chemical with significant health effects on the brain and nervous system . . . [and] . . . complements domestic…

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Feed the Future Innovation Labs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of 10 new Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Labs aimed at improving, among other things, global food security and nutrition. According to a press release from USAID, the new labs “draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and…

HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Polio Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Polio Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[a]chieving a polio-free world is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we have significantly stepped up the global efforts of our Centers for…

NIH awards grants for genomics research in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it had awarded $17 million in new grants as part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program. According to an NIH press release, the grants will support genomics research, the training of African genomic scientists, and the building of…