In a report titled “President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Program Planning and Reporting”, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO),Â in response to legislative directives,Â “(1) described key procedures for planning and reporting on PEPFAR performance and (2) examined published PEPFAR performance plans and reports.”
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The U.S. and Russia signed a “Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global Eradication of Polio” outlining potential areas for collaboration including “disease surveillance, support for immunization campaigns, technical assistance, advocacy efforts, and additional areas for potential partnership.”
Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh released a statement commemorating World No Tobacco Day. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its â€œMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Reportâ€ (MMWR), highlighted World No Tobacco Day.
In a press release, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the expansion of its Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program in Africa through the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The $189 million, three-year contract “will provide technical and financial support to the Ministries of Health and National Malaria Control Programs in African countries to build country-level capacity for malaria prevention activities.”
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.
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.”
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.”
State Department’s Office of Inspector General releases report titled “The Exercise of Chief of Mission Authority in Managing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Overseas”
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of State released a report titled “The Exercise of Chief of Mission (COM) Authority in Managing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Overseas” (PEPFAR). The report was part of an annual oversight plan required by the PEPFAR Reauthorization Act of 2008 and coordinated by the OIGs for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of State.
According to the report, “the purpose of the inspection is to determine how COMs are fulfilling their responsibilities to coordinate, direct, and support the PEPFAR program at overseas posts. The report describes and evaluates program oversight by COMs, including their role in policy and program implementation, the challenges they face, the effectiveness of mission support, and implications for sustainability.”
In his weekly address, President Obama summarized recent U.S. government actions to address the H1N1 flu virus.
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.”