In a statement on World Tuberculosis Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listed the ways the U.S. is involved in addressing TB while also stating â€œthere is still much more to be doneâ€ and â€œthe State Department should continue and expand its commitment to reducing the global burden of TB.â€
Statements & Speeches
Co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology supports increased U.S. involvement in addressing global health issues
During an interview, Dr. Harold Varmus, Co-chair of the Presidentâ€™s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology stated that the U.S. should increase its role in addressing health issues in developing countries. He stated that he would ask President Obama to endorse a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that calls on the U.S. to double its funding for global health by 2012.
In a letter to President Obama, Senator Kerry and Senator Lugar urged the President to “nominate an Administrator for USAID expeditiously” stating that “efforts to support a bold foreign assistance reform and development agenda are hampered by a leadership vacuum at the U.S. Agency for International Development.”
President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts and Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations General Assembly
In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama summarized U.S. global health efforts and stated that the U.S. “will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year’s summit with a global plan to make them a reality.”
President Obama discusses U.S. global health and food security strategies at Clinton Global Initiative
During a speech at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama summarized the U.S. global health strategy as “building on successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and working to end deaths from malaria and TB and to end polio.” The President stated that “these efforts will only be sustained if we improve the capacity of public health systems to deliver care, especially for mothers and children.” Finally, the President stated that new U.S. investments in food security would focus on sharing “new methods and technologies so that countries and communities can become more self-sufficient.”
Secretary Clinton co-hosted a food security event with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and reiterated the principles guiding the Obama Administration’s food security initiative that she outlined the previous day at the Clinton Global Initiative.
After Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the Administration’s food security initiative, Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Counselor, held a briefing to provide details and answer questions on the program. Aspects of the initiative including agricultural productivity, nutrition, U.S. government coordination, recipient country involvement, and funding were covered.
Secretary Clinton discusses the Administration’s global food security initiative at Clinton Global Initiative
During a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s food security initiative stating it would be guided by five principles:
- “First, we will work with partner countries to create and implement their plans.”
- “Second, we are addressing the underlying causes of hunger.”
- “Thirdly, we will improve coordination at the country, regional, and global level.”
- “Our fourth principle is leveraging the benefits of multilateral institutions.”
- “Fifth, we pledge a long-term commitment and accountability to our efforts.”
Statement by U.S. Representative at Annual United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund Joint Executive Board Meeting
In a statement at the annual joint Executive Board meeting of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA), Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs stated that “the United States looks to UNFPA as a key partner in our efforts to increase worldwide access to reproductive health and family planning” and that the U.S. “will work to integrate women-focused interventions among our health programs and link maternal health, voluntary family planning, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and other health services.”
President Obama announces new efforts to address polio globally and promote child and maternal health in Muslim communities
During a speech at Cairo University, President Obama announced “a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio.” The President also stated that his administration would “expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.”