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CRS Report – The 2009 Influenza Pandemic: An Overview

The report summarizes “key events in the H1N1 pandemic response, followed by information about select federal emergency management authorities and actions taken by DHS, HHS, and state and local authorities. It then lists congressional hearings held to day; discusses appropriations and funding for pandemic flu preparedness and response activities; summarizes U.S. government pandemic flu planning documents; and lists sources for additional information.”

President Obama announces end to HIV/AIDS travel ban

In remarks during the signing of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, President Obama stated that “if we want to be the global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it. And that’s why, on Monday (November 2, 2009) my administration will publish a final rule that eliminates the travel ban effective just after the New Year.”

USAID launches Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program

USAID launched an Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program that will work “to pre-empt or combat, at their source, newly emerging diseases of animal origin that could threaten human health” by focusing “resources on detecting dangerous pathogens at an early stage, building appropriate laboratory capacity to support surveillance, responding in an appropriate and timely manner, strengthening national and local response capacities, and educating at-risk populations on how to prevent exposure to these dangerous pathogens.”

H.Con.Res. 74 – Supporting the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety with a global target to reduce by 50 percent the predicted increase in global road deaths between 2010 and 2020

Among other things, the proposed resolution “urges the Obama Administration to take a leadership role at the First Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow and for the United States to work with nations around the world to achieve the goals and ideals of a decade of action for road safety and to reduce the impact of this health epidemic on the global community.”

USAID releases “Report to Congress – The USAID Strategic Plan for Microbicide Research and Development: Current Initiatives and Next Generation Leads”

This report summarizes USAID’s microbicide research and development programs including past efforts and current priorities. The report also details the objectives of USAID’s strategic plan for continued microbicide research and development.

USAID releases “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010″

USAID released “Report to Congress: Health-Related Research and Development Activities at USAID, An Updated on the Five Year Strategy, 2006-2010.” The report provides an update on USAID’s “strategy for using research funds to stimulate the development and introduction of key products” and highlights research in the following areas: maternal and newborn health; child, environmental, and urban health; nutrition; reproductive health and family planning; HIV/AIDS; malaria; tuberculosis; and health systems strengthening.

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2010

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

H.R. 3293 – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

The bill, as passed by the House, provides $323 million for global health activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $300 million to the Global Fund through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and $70 million to the John E. Fogarty International Center. The bill also authorizes a total of $545.5 million to address Pandemic Influenza.

Timeline of the bill:

- The bill was introduced and reported on by the House Committee on Appropriations on July 22, 2009.

- The bill was passed by the House (264-153) on July 24, 2009.

Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discusses PEPFAR and U.S. global health policy during International AIDS Society Conference

During the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed U.S. global health policy and the role of PEPFAR under the new Administration.