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House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2014 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations released the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2014. 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,…

USAID releases report on childhood blindness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness,” which “provides information on the current status of child blindness around the world and the work of essential U.S. government humanitarian and development assistance programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in addressing…

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…

Ambassador Goosby accepts offer to lead Office of Global Health Diplomacy; outlines role of office

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated that he accepted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s request to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State. Ambassador Goosby also stated that he will remain in his role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the new office will work to support U.S. ambassadors, improve sustainability of programs, and foster improved coordination among stakeholders.

Secretary Clinton announces release of “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation”

During an event at the State Department commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” which outlines the principles and plans guiding how The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will work towards the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Additional Information: Complete…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

Administration actions and statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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USAID announces launch of Feed the Future’s new “Partnering for Innovation” program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Feed the Future’s (FtF) new “Partnering for Innovation” program, which “aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.”