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Administration official discusses Lower Mekong Initiative

At an event titled “U.S. Health Partnerships in the Mekong” sponsored by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, provided remarks on U.S. engagement with countries in the Lower Mekong sub-region – Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and…

Secretary Kerry provides remarks at Third International Conference on Family Planning

Secretary of State Kerry provided video remarks to the Third International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his remarks, Secretary Kerry stated, among other things, that the “United States and our partners must continue our life-saving work to advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights. That includes…

PEPFAR provides direction on involving civil society in country-level planning

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a statement summarizing a cable sent “to all U.S. diplomatic and consular posts globally on how to increase the involvement of civil society as part of country-level planning for HIV/AIDS programming.” Specifically, the cable calls on U.S. country teams to involve…

Secretary Kerry commemorates 10th anniversary of PEPFAR

In remarks provided at the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 10th anniversary celebration, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that PEPFAR-supported prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs had resulted in one million babies being born HIV-free. Secretary Kerry also announced that 13 countries had reached a “programmatic tipping…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY14 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 25), House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (April 24), and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (April 24). During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY 2014 budget request including…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World Malaria Day

In commemoration of World Malaria Day (April 25), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement summarizing current efforts to address the disease and renewing its “commitment to the research needed to better understand the disease process in malaria, find new ways to diagnose and treat people with malaria, control the…

CDC Director testifies before House Committee on drug-resistant diseases in developing countries

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden testified (.pdf) before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations during a hearing titled “Meeting the Challenge of Drug-Resistant Diseases in Developing Countries”. During his testimony, Director Frieden discussed CDC’s work to address…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World Health Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire released a statement commemorating World Health Day and highlighting U.S. efforts, both domestically and globally, to address high blood pressure, the theme of this year’s World Health Day. Additional Information: State Department DipNote Blog: “World Health Day:…

Administration actions and statements commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the White House released a statement from President Obama summarizing, among other things, U.S. efforts to ensure that women and girls are at the center of U.S. food security initiatives and global health programs. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry provided remarks during the Seventh Annual…

Secretary Kerry discusses funding of U.S. diplomatic and development efforts

In a speech given at the University of Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. diplomatic and development efforts and the need to maintain budgetary support for these programs. Among other things, Secretary Kerry highlighted existing U.S. initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),…