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).
Statements & Speeches
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:
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.”
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.
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.
Statements from members of Congress commemorating World AIDS Day:
- Senator John Kerry’s (D-MA; Chair, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations) press release.
- Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard Burr (R-NC), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius “with a call to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS both at home and overseas.”
House of Representatives:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before multiple congressional committees (see Additional Information below) on the FY 2012 State and Foreign Operations budget request.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, President Obama released a statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a video message, Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, released a statement, and both the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) highlighted the 100th anniversary in multiple blog postings.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Steinberg provided remarks at an event hosted by the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. During his remarks he outlined Feed the Future’s (FtF) guiding principles and discussed, among other things, FtF’s efforts to scale up global nutrition programs.
In a State Department blog post titled “An Update on PEPFAR in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, described the efforts of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to continue to operate HIV/AIDS programs in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire and other countries in conflict.