The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded grants totaling almost $2.7 million to train HIV/AIDS researchers in 15 low- and middle-income countries. The grants were awarded as part of the 20-year-old AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP).
President Obama submitted an FY 2009 supplemental appropriations request to Congress “totaling $83.4 billion to fund ongoing military, diplomatic, and intelligence operations.” The supplemental request included $7.1 billion for international affairs and $300 million for food assistance.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces additional $80 million in food assistance under McGovern-Dole Program
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced “that an additional 51,700 tons of agricultural commodities, valued at nearly $80 million, will be provided to children in low-income, food-deficit countries under USDA’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program for fiscal year 2009. This assistance is in addition to $95.5 million allocated for fiscal 2009 for the McGovern-Dole Program that were announced in December 2008.”
At a news conference summarizing the outcomes of the G20 summit in London, President Obama announced his intention to work with Congress “to double support for food safety to over $1 billion.”
Senators Kerry and Lugar proposed an amendment to S.Con.Res. 13, the Senate Budget Resolution, increasing the International Affairs (IA) budget by $4 billion. The original Senate budget resolution authorized $49.8 billion for IA. The amendment passed the Senate bringing the IA budget to the President’s initial request of $53.8 billion.
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.
The State Department announced that U.S. Official Development Assistance (ODA) totaled $26.0 billion in 2008 including $4.4 billion for HIV/AIDS related efforts and another $4.4 billion towards humanitarian assistance.
As part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, the Department of State will contribute $50 million to the United Nations Population Fund in 2009.
President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
President Obama appointed Jeffrey S. Crowley as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.