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USAID Assistant Administrator discusses TB at the annual WHO TB report launch

During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls”, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.

UN Advisor Marks discusses food security

During the U.N. General Assembly’s Second Committee on Agricultural Development and Food Security meeting, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Advisor Robert Marks discussed the U.S. commitment to improving food security through efforts such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the 1,000 Days Partnership, and commitments made at the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009.

Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, and Vice President Biden provide remarks at George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony

Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the presentation of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates.  Vice President Biden provided the keynote address and discussed the Obama Administrations efforts to improve global food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). During their remarks, Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah both highlighted U.S. efforts through FtF and Administrator Shah announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at helping P4P partner with local private financial institutions.

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Administrator Shah provides remarks at the USAID Public Private Partnership Forum

In a speech titled “Embracing Enlightened Capitalism” given at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Public-Private Partnership Forum, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah summarized the role of public-private partnerships in meeting development objectives and highlighted how USAID is currently partnering with the private sector to meet its goals in, among other things, the areas of health and food security.

USAID announces global health related partnerships during Public Private Partnership Week:

  • USAID signs MOU with HP to collaborate on, among other things, science, technology, and global health.
  • USAID partners with the Swiss Re to combat hunger.
  • USAID partners with Kimberly-Clark to improve maternal and child health.
White House letter to Congress outlines FY 2012 budget priorities, includes global health

In a letter to Congress, the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew summarized the Administration’s FY 2012 budget priorities stating that “[i]f the President is presented with a bill that undermines critical domestic priorities or national security through funding levels or language restrictions . . . the President will veto the bill.” Among other things, the letter highlights the State and Foreign Operations budget as a security priority and states “[t]he Administration will strongly oppose legislation that decimates vital, bipartisan efforts like global health programs, food security, and global climate change initiatives.”

Administration statements and actions commemorating World Food Day

In a statement commemorating World Food Day, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton  summarized U.S. efforts “to ending global hunger” through initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF).  Additionally, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a USAID Impactblog post titled “Commemorating World Food Day 2011,” which also highlights the FtF Initiative.

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USAID Global Water Coordinator discusses water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges and U.S. programs

During remarks titled “Turning Impossible Challenges into Solvable Problems,” given at the University of North Carolina’s Water Institute, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes outlined global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges and summarized U.S. efforts to address these challenges through programs under the Water for the Poor Act (WfP), Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI), and through public-private partnerships.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves bill prohibiting U.S. Government funding for UNFPA

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved, by a vote of 23-17, H.R. 2059 – To prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) opening remarks during the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Howard Berman’s (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) statement at the Committee Markup Hearing of H.R. 2059.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R-FL, 18th; Chair) statement following Committee passage of H.R. 2059.
Congressional letters sent to Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

The Chairs and Ranking Members of the Standing Committees in both the House and Senate sent letters providing recommendations for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction as it develops a deficit reduction package as outlined in the Budget Control Act of 2011. Letters addressing U.S. global health programs include:

  • Representative Norm Dicks (D-WA, 6th; Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations): Among other things, Representative Dicks’ letter summarizes the implications of potential budget reductions to U.S. global health programs.
  • Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Chair House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Representative Ros-Lehtinen’s letter provides a list of specific reductions in the International Affairs Budget including, among other things, eliminating funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
  • Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs): Highlighting reductions made to the State and Foreign Operations budget in FY 2011, Representative Berman’s letter urges the committee to “take special care to ensure that international affairs spending is not singled out to bear the brunt of further reductions.