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GAO releases report on PEPFAR per-patient costs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Per-Patient Costs Have Declined Substantially, but Better Cost Data Would Help Efforts to Expand Treatment,” which examines “(1) how per-patient treatment costs have changed and affected program implementation, (2) how PEPFAR cost information supports efforts to…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

USAID releases fact sheet on Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a fact sheet on the Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) program, which aims to strengthen “capacities in developing countries to prevent, detect, and control infectious diseases in animals and people with an emphasis on early identification of, and response to, dangerous pathogens from animals before…

GAO releases report on USDA’s food assistance procurement process

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance Procurement Process,” which “(1) describes USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement, and (2) assesses whether there is overlap and duplication in USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement.”

OMB releases updated sequestration report; estimates 5.0% decrease in global health funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report To The Congress On The Joint Committee Sequestration For Fiscal Year 2013” (.pdf) detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, estimated reductions are…

IOM releases “Evaluation of PEPFAR” report

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled “Evaluation of PEPFAR,” which analyzed the effectiveness of the U.S. government’s response to global HIV and provided recommendations moving forward. The report, which was mandated by Congress when the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was reauthorized in 2008, evaluated PEPFAR’s…

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…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

CRS releases report on efforts to evaluate U.S. foreign assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve…

Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee release report on sequestration

The Democratic members of the House Appropriations Committee released a report summarizing the estimated impacts of sequestration as required by the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (Public Law #112-25), which is scheduled to begin on March 1, 2013. Among other things, the report estimates that sequestration “would force cuts to global…