President Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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U.S. and Russia sign Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Sciences
The memorandum, signed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development, includes the involvement of the “U.S. Agency for International Development, scientific research institutions, including those of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and other organizations of the two countries,” and focuses on the following areas: infectious diseases, chronic and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health protection, and improving global health.
The White House announced that it will hold an H1N1 Flu Preparedness Summit on July 9, 2009 “to launch a national influenza campaign by bringing federal, state and local officials, emergency managers, educators and others together with the nation’s public health experts to build on and tailor states’ existing pandemic plans, share lessons learned and best practices during the spring and summer H1N1 wave, and discuss preparedness priorities.”
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius “announced that the United States will provide 420,000 treatment courses of Tamiflu (Oseltamavir) to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to fight the novel H1N1 influenza in Latin America and the Caribbean.”
This report is an update to the May 26th report, “The 2009 Influenza A(H1N1) ‘Swine Flu’ Outbreak: U.S. Responses to Global Human Cases,” which provides an overview of the U.S. role in the global response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak highlighting efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and summarizing potential issues for future consideration.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Fogarty International Center, both of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), join similar agencies from Australia, Canada, China, and the U.K. to create the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD), â€œthe first collaboration of major research funding agencies to address the specific needs of chronic noncommunicable diseases.â€ The GACD â€œplans to facilitate collaborative funding activities for innovative, original research directed at the prevention and treatment of chronic diseasesâ€ and will focus â€œon the needs of low and middle income countries, and on those of low income populations of more developed countries.â€
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Homeland Secretary (DHS) Janet Napolitano released a joint statement on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to declare the H1n1 virus outbreak a pandemic. The statement provided a broad overview of the Administration’s previous and ongoing efforts to address the outbreak.
GAO Testimony – Influenza Pandemic: Continued Focus on the Nation’s Planning and Preparedness Efforts Remains Essential
At a hearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, GAO staff testified on U.S. planning and preparedness efforts to address a potential influenza pandemic.
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, addressed the Plenary Session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. In her comments, Secretary Sebelius dicussed the international response to the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus. Secretary Sebelius also discussed President Obama’s new Global Health Initiative stating that “our world demands a new, integrated approach to public health – one that seeks to understand and target the many factors that that can threaten the lives and livelihoods of all our citizens.”
President Obama submitted the FY 2010 budget to Congress including $53.9 billion for the Department of State and other international programs.