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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:…

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

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.”

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%)

U.S.-Mexico health security agreements announced during World Health Assembly

During the 65th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Mexico Secretary of Health Salomón Chertorivski announced “a series of new steps to strengthen health security cooperation between the two countries” including the signing of a declaration adopting guidelines the two countries will follow when responding to public health events and emergencies and the renewal of an agreement on scientific and public health activities related to food safety.

House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the Department of Health & Human Services

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with testimony from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM in Room 2358-C of the Rayburn House Office building.

Secretary Sebelius commemorates new Global Disease Detection Center in India

During a trip to India, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius gave a speech at an event commemorating a new Global Disease Detection Center in New Delhi. The new center is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and India’s National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and “promises to help India monitor viruses and disease and better handle outbreaks.”

Learn more about the CDC’s Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response efforts and associated Regional Centers.

Secretary Sebelius discusses HHS’s role in global health and its new global health strategy

At a Kaiser Family Foundation event Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided introductory remarks on the role of HHS in global health and its recently released global health strategy. Secretary Sebelius’ comments were followed by a panel discussion that included representatives from the HHS Office of Global Affairs (OGA), State Department, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Institute of Medicine (IOM), CARE, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.