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Secretary Clinton announces the “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced “the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions that will save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change. The Alliance will work to tackle the severe health, economic, and environmental consequences associated with smoke from traditional cook stoves and open fires used by over half the world’s population.” The U.S. has committed $50.82 million over the next five years to ensure that the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves reaches its “goal of 100 million homes adopting new clean stoves and fuels by 2020.”

Administration officials testify at a Congressional hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS”

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby discussed the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and outlined core principles moving forward including PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), addressing gender issues, country ownership and building local capacity, and stronger engagement with multilateral partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci summarized how NIH contributes to the PEPFAR mission through HIV/AIDS research that provides “the tools necessary to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden discussed the successes of PEPFAR and outlined the guiding principles of CDC’s global health work which include: “strengthen public health capacity; better use data to improve program performance and policy; and maximize sustainable health impact through the use of existing and new systems, cost-efficiencies, partner investments, and scale-up of the highest impact interventions with a focus on populations with the greatest need.”

Prior to testimony from the Administration officials, the hearing was opened with remarks from the Committee Chair, Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th), and Ranking Member, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th).

Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen provide opening remarks at a Congressional hearing on PEPFAR

Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th – Chair) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th – Ranking Member) provided opening remarks during a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS.” Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen described the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to date, the need to continue to focus on treatment as well as prevention, and emphasized the U.S. commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.

After opening remarks, the Committee took testimony from U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden.

State Department joins partnership to combat sexual violence against girls

The U.S. Department of State, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and in collaboration with the Office of Global Women’s Issues, joined the Together for Girls partnership which aims to end sexual violence against girls by “conducting national surveys, using these new data to base country-specific interventions tailored to address sexual violence, and launching public awareness campaigns to motivate changes in social norms and behaviors.”

Administration statements in response to results from the CAPRISA 004 Microbicide HIV Prevention Study

In response to the results from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) 004 Microbicide HIV Prevention Study, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a statement congratulating the researchers, summarizing USAID’s involvement in the study, and outlining the next steps required in order to begin integrating the microbicide into U.S. government programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci also released a statement congratulating researchers on the findings from the CAPRISA 004 microbicide study and highlighted NIAID’s ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention research.

Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.

FY 2011 full-year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) introduced in the House includes reductions in global health funding compared to FY 2010 totals

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1) authorizing appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 level). The proposed reductions in global health funding (when compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Budget on February 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (235-189) on February 19, 2011.

- The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced an amended full-year Continuing Appropriations Act on March 4, 2011. Learn more about the Senate version here.

- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the Senate version on March 8, 2011.

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approves FY 2012 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education approved, during a markup hearing, the FY 2012 Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill (S.1599). Among other things, the bill provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Fogarty International Center. The Committee Report outlines funding amounts provided in the bill including $350.3 million for global health activities through the CDC and $299 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Information:

  • Access a summary of the bill released by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
  • The full Senate Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to markup the bill September 21, 2011.
  • Learn more about the status of FY 2012 appropriations using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.
House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2012 Labor, HHS, & Education Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations released the draft FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill (H.R. 3070), which provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Fogarty International Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proposed bill and an accompanying funding table highlight the following amounts for global health:

  • $324.2 million for global health programs at the CDC, of which $118.0 million is for HIV/AIDS programs;
  • $71.3 million for the Fogarty International Center; and
  • The proposed bill eliminates HHS funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Learn more about the U.S. global health budget using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.