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GAO releases report on drug quality in global health programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day (March 24, 2012):

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Secretary Clinton announces new U.S. Water Partnership; Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day

During a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), a public-private partnership that, according to a State Department press release, “seeks to mobilize U.S.-based knowledge, expertise and resources to improve water security around the world – particularly in those countries most in need.” The State Department also released a fact sheet providing details about the partnership.

Additional Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day:

PEPFAR releases FY 2013 Country Operational Plan Guidance

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released the “PEPFAR FY 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance” outlining the U.S. Government’s (USG) “annual investments and anticipated results in HIV/AIDS and [is] the basis for approval of annual USG bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in most countries.”

CDC releases "Influenza Division International Activities: Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report (PDF) titled “Influenza Division International Activities: Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Report”, summarizing U.S. efforts, through the CDC, “to build capacity to respond to pandemic influenza and to prevent and control seasonal influenza.”

USAID commemorates World Polio Day

In a press release commemorating World Polio Day the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) highlighted U.S. efforts to eradicating polio through ongoing programs, support of the World Health Assembly’s recently endorsed “2010-2012 Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan” and President Obama’s commitment to work with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves” detailing the goals of the partnership as well as the U.S. commitment, which includes, among other things, a pledge of $50.82 million over 5 years and the involvement of numerous U.S. government departments.

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
- USAID: $3.013 billion
- Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
- Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
- Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
- Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
- Department of State: $5.500 billion
- HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
- Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
- Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
- Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

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.”