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President Obama asks Congress for $1.5 billion to address H1N1 swine flu

During the daily press briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs read a letter President Obama sent to the chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees asking that $1.5 billion be added to the supplemental budget request for the purpose of “enhancing our nation’s capability to respond to the potential spread” of the H1N1 swine flu virus. The President’s letter states that the funds would be used for “supplementing antiviral stockpiles, developing a vaccine, supporting the monitoring, diagnostic and public health response capabilities, and assisting international efforts to stem this outbreak.”

Administration statements in observance of World Malaria Day

President Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, U.S. Malaria Coordinator Admiral Tim Ziemer, and NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. summarized and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the fight against malaria in official statements observing World Malaria Day.

Statement by Secretary of State Clinton on the H1N1 virus and the FY09 War Supplemental Request

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton summarized how the State Department is assisting and coordinating with other U.S. departments and agencies to address the H1N1 virus. Secretary Clinton testified that the State Department has established an influenza monitoring group, is “tracking how other governments are responding to the threat and what assistance we might offer,” and is in regular contact with the World Health Organization (WHO). Secretary Clinton also discussed food security and staffing needs in relation to the FY09 War Supplemental Request.

PMI releases 6th Annual Malaria Report and other Administration actions commemorating World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its 6th Annual Report, “which describes the role and contributions of the U.S. Government (USG) in the effort to reduce the burden of malaria in Africa, and to monitor antimalarial drug resistance and decrease malaria transmission in the Greater Mekong Subregion.”

Additional USG actions and statements commemorating World Malaria Day:

CDC releases "CDC Global Health Strategy 2012-2015"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “CDC Global Health Strategy 2012-2015,” which outlines how the CDC plans to work towards four specific goals: improving the health and well-being of people around the world, improving capabilities for preparing and responding to infectious diseases and emerging health threats, building country public health capacity, and maximizing organizational capacity.

Administration statements and actions during the XIX International AIDS Conference

During the XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC between July 22 and July 27, the Administration provided numerous resources, including blog posts and factsheets, summarizing the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, numerous Administration officials participated in the Conference including Secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby; and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci. A summary of Administration resources and speeches is provided below.

White House

President Obama provided a video message welcoming the XIX International AIDS Conference attendees.  The White house also released several fact sheets on HIV/AIDS surrounding the conference.

Fact Sheets:

State

During remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed efforts to shift the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) from an emergency response to one that builds “sustainable health systems that will help us finally win this fight and deliver an AIDS-free generation.” Secretary Clinton also announced an additional $80 million to address mother to child transmission of HIV and an additional $37 million dedicated to new efforts to reach key populations.

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby participated in a panel discussion where he discussed efforts to improve aid efficiency and effectiveness in the HIV response.  During a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response,” Ambassador Eric Goosby announced that $5 million from PEPFAR would be provided to Together for Girls, “a partnership between public, private, UN and U.S. Government agencies that addresses violence against children.”

Fact Sheets:

USAID

USAID participated in various events at the XIX International AIDS Conference including a satellite event that featured discussion of “the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa.”

HHS

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at the opening session of the XIX International AIDS Conference and announced a series of innovative public-private partnerships to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic.   Secretary Sebelius also provided remarks at a State Department event titled “Turning the Tide for Women and Girls: A Dialogue on Gender and the HIV Response.”

NIH

During a plenary session at the XIX International AIDS Conference, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed the scientific advancements of the HIV/AIDS response.  NIH also presented the latest AIDS research including treatment as prevention and the dapivirine vaginal ring.

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House Appropriations Committee releases draft FY 2013 Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations releaseddraft of the FY 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services, Education and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The draft bill provides the funding levels for global health programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the John E. Fogarty International Center. Additional funding for global health programs and research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is not yet available.

Area

FY12 Enacted (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

FY 13 House (millions)

FY13 Senate (millions)

Difference (millions)

House – FY12

House – Request

House – Senate

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

$347.6

$362.9

$332.4

$362.6

$-15.2
 (-4.4%)

$-30.5
 (-8.4%)

$-30.2
 (-8.3%)

       Global AIDS Program

$117.1

$117.2

$117.2

$117.1

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

John E. Fogarty International Center

$69.6

$69.8

$69.5

$70.0

$0
 (0%)

$-0.2
 (-0.3%)

$-0.4
 (-0.6%)

State Department releases fact sheet titled "The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report"

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – Year Two Progress Report,” which summarizes the accomplishments and funding amounts provided by the U.S. government agencies involved in the alliance.