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U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House fact sheet: “The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” (October 6, 2014) White House blog post: “Senior Officials Hold a Briefing…

Global Health Security Agenda Summit held at the White House

On September 26, the White House held a summit to discuss progress and commitments towards the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which was launched on February 13, 2014. According to a fact sheet released by the White House about the summit, President Obama and senior Administration officials met “with Ministers…

IOM releases report on investing in global health systems

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled “Investing in Global Health Systems: Sustaining Gains, Transforming Lives” in response to a request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau on Global Health “to explain how health system improvements can lead to better health, reduce poverty, and make…

PMI releases draft strategy for 2015-2020 and invites public comment

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its draft malaria strategy for 2015-2020 along with an invitation for public comment. Among other things, the draft strategy outlines three objectives to be achieved by 2020: “Reduce malaria mortality by one-third from 2015 levels in PMI focus countries, achieving a greater than 80% reduction…

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…

Administration actions and resources on Women’s Equality Day

In recognition of Women’s Equality Day, which takes place each year on August 26th, President Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the day, and the White House released a fact sheet titled “Obama Administration Record for Women and Girls.” The fact sheet outlines efforts by the Administration to support women and…

Administration statements and actions during the 2014 International AIDS Conference

During the 20th International AIDS Conference, held in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20-25, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and video interviews, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. A summary of Administration announcements, resources, and speeches is provided below. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Ambassador Deborah…

FDA releases guidance for NTD drug development

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the “Guidance for Industry on Neglected Tropical Diseases of the Developing World: Developing Drugs for Treatment or Prevention.” The guidance addresses the FDA’s “current thinking regarding the overall drug development program for the treatment or prevention of NTDs.”

State Department releases fact sheet on policy guidance promoting gender equality

The U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Department of State Policy Guidance: Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls,” which states that “Secretary Kerry has directed all embassies and bureaus to continue to prioritize these issues in all of their diplomatic, development,…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…