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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

During a Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the priorities of the FY11 request including funding that supports the Global Health Initiative (GHI), efforts to improve global food security, and increasing the capacity of USAID. Administrator Shah also discussed the principles guiding USAID’s efforts, the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Development Policy (PSD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), USAID’s work in Haiti, and the supplemental funding request for Haiti.

Opening Statement by Senator Leahy at a Congressional hearing on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, to discuss the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT, Chair) stated that “USAID needs to change its culture, and change the way it does business.” Following Senator Leahy’s remarks, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided testimony on the FY 2011 budget request for USAID.

Administration Statements on World Health Day

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice released statements commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.”

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack discusses Global Food Security

During remarks at the Partners in Agriculture Global Food Security Symposium, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of investing in long-term efforts to improve food security, the G8 agriculture ministers meeting, and stated that “food security efforts must be country-led and country-driven and focused at the local and community level.”

Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Health Day

In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,” Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), other U.S. efforts by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,” and stated “the United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.”

Secretary Sebelius comments on Maternal and Child Health and the Global Health Initiative before the United Nations Secretary General’s Leadership Luncheon

In a speech addressing the United Nations Secretary General’s Leadership Luncheon, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius discussed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five stating that “the United States is more committed than ever to working with our partners in this room and around the world to build on and sustain the substantial and meaningful progress achieved to date.” Secretary Sebelius also summarized the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and stated “maternal and child health [MCH] is an important piece of the Obama Administration’s women and girl-centered approach.”

MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 budget request

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on the FY 2011 budget request for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes provided an overview of the MCC and the FY 2011 budget request and outlined his three priorities for “achieving MCC’s mission of reducing poverty through economic growth,” including “being innovative,” “leveraging partnerships,” and “delivering results and showing impact.” Yohannes also discussed three proposed legislative changes to the MCC that would: 1) provide concurrent compacts, 2) allow longer compacts, and 3) change the process of partner country selection.

State Department official discusses responsible agricultural investment (RAI)

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discussed responsible agricultural investment (RAI) during a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Government of Japan and the African Union Commission. During her comments, Assistant Secretary Brimmer highlighted “several points that we believe are critical components to the goal of food security” including: the need for a comprehensive approach to food security, the need to invest in country-owned plans, and that efforts should be conducted in an environmentally, financially, socially, and culturally-responsible manner.

Administration statements in observance of World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a statement commemorating World Malaria Day and announced the release of the Malaria Five Year Strategy and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) fourth annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Peace Corps also released statements commemorating World Malaria Day.

State Department Official discusses health and food security in a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration”

In a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration” given at the Harvard University Africa Focus Program, Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, outlined the areas of focus for U.S. work with African countries including food security and health. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Carson discussed the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI), the Obama Administration’s efforts to address health issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).