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CDC Director testifies before House Committee on drug-resistant diseases in developing countries

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testified (.pdf) before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations during a hearing titled “Meeting the Challenge of Drug-Resistant Diseases in Developing Countries”. During his testimony, Director Frieden discussed CDC’s work to address…

Senate Appropriations Committee holds hearing on sequestration, releases agency letters detailing impacts

The Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing (webcast available) titled “The Impacts of Sequestration” and released letters from U.S. government agencies detailing the impacts of sequestration including a letter (.pdf) from Secretary of State John Kerry, which states that global health funding would be cut by over “$400 million, gravely impeding our efforts to…

Administration official testifies on Feed the Future Initiative

During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.

Administration statements and actions during the XIX International AIDS Conference

During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.

White House

President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees.  The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.

Fact Sheets:

State

During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response.  During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”

Fact Sheets:

USAID

USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”

HHS

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”

NIH

During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response.  NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.

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Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY13 Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2012 at 10:00 am in room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

MCC Quarterly Town Hall Meeting

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will host its quarterly town hall meeting on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 10:00 am where the following topics will be discussed:

  • The proposed Zambia Compact and its water and sanitation project;
  • Status of the Malawi Compact; and
  • A revised Threshold Program with Niger.

Learn more and RSVP to the event here.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: A Review of U.S. Foreign Assistance Amidst Economic Uncertainty”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: A Review of U.S. Foreign Assistance Amidst Economic Uncertainty” with testimony from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the U.S. Agency for International Development

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with testimony from USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office building.

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Additional Information:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.