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HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Polio Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Polio Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[a]chieving a polio-free world is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we have significantly stepped up the global efforts of our Centers for…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved, with amendments, the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). Originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The amended version includes, among other things,…

State Department releases fact sheet on U.S. commitment to “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The U.S Department of State released a fact sheet titled “The United States’ Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Year Three Progress Report” summarizing U.S. financial and programmatic support aimed at “help[ing] the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in House

Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th), Barbara Lee (D-CA, 13th), and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 27th) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (H.R. 3177). According to a press release from Representative Lee, the bill extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY14 Health & Human Services Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill (S. 1284) by a vote of 16-14. A report (113-71) released by the committee provided the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

CRS releases report on U.S. global health assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “U.S. Global Health Assistance: Background and Issues for the 113th Congress.” The report provides an overview of U.S. global health programs, including appropriations, implementing agencies, and initiatives, and highlights specific issues for Congress, including funding levels, U.S. leadership of global health…

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…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…