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U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…

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.

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…

Resolution in support of GAVI Alliance introduced in House

U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced a resolution (H.Res.688) “[s]upporting the role of the United States in ensuring children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance.” The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “affirms…

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…

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…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World Health Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire released a statement commemorating World Health Day and highlighting U.S. efforts, both domestically and globally, to address high blood pressure, the theme of this year’s World Health Day. Additional Information: State Department DipNote Blog: “World Health Day:…

HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Diabetes Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Diabetes Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[c]ombating diabetes is a serious public health issue. More than 340 million people worldwide have diabetes. Recognizing the urgency of this public health problem globally, this May the World…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” passed by Senate

The Senate approved by unanimous consent 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 for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to a press release from Senator Menendez, the…