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President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day

White House:

President Barack Obama provided remarks at a World AIDS Day event hosted by ONE and (RED) at the George Washington University and issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate World AIDS Day.   During his remarks, President Obama announced new treatment and prevention goals of “providing anti-retroviral drugs to more than 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women over the next two years . . . [and] helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013” – an increase of 2 million over the prior target, and called on countries to fulfill their commitments to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:

State Department:

Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day. Secretary Sebelius also announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
  • Statement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Office of AIDS Research Dr. Jack Whitescarver, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

U.S. Mission to the United Nations:

  • Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

Peace Corps:

  • Peace Corps statement commemorating World AIDS Day.

Department of Defense (DoD):

  • DoD statement titled “World AIDS Day Raises Awareness, Highlights Advances”.

Department of Labor (DoL):

  • DoL Secretary Hilda Solis’ statement titled “Forging Ahead on World AIDS Day”.
Senate Appropriations Committee introduces Continuing Resolution for the remainder of FY 2011; includes overall increase in global health funding

The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). This legislation would replace the full-year appropriations bill (H.R. 1) that was recently passed by the House on February 19, 2011. Unlike H.R. 1, which proposes to cut global health funding, the Senate CR proposes an overall increase in global health funding (see table below). Additionally, the summary of the CR provided by the Senate Committee on Appropriations categorizes State and Foreign Operations funding as part of National Security.

Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day

Administration actions and statements commemorating World TB Day (March 24, 2012):

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY13 Budget Request for the National Institutes of Health

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2012 at 10:00 am in room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

HHS and PEPFAR announces 5-year, $130 million commitment for partnership aimed at increasing the number of health workers in Africa

A press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a 5-year, $130 million commitment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), an effort originally announced in March 2010 aimed at increasing the number of health care workers in Africa. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated “MEPI will strengthen national plans to improve medical instruction and bolster the overall health care delivery systems.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves” detailing the goals of the partnership as well as the U.S. commitment, which includes, among other things, a pledge of $50.82 million over 5 years and the involvement of numerous U.S. government departments.

State Department observes World Cancer Day

In observance of World Cancer Day, the State Department announced that “the United States government supports international efforts to raise cancer awareness and encourages continued endeavors to prevent, treat, and cure cancer.” The press release also stated that the Department of State “has several international projects underway that are focused on the prevention of specific cancers, notably breast and other women’s cancers.”

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
– USAID: $3.013 billion
– Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
– Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
– Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
– Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
– Department of State: $5.500 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
– Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

NIH announces three new Recovery Act funding opportunities for global health research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced three new funding opportunities for global health research through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The new funding opportunities would support:

1) The NIH Director’s Opportunity for Research in Five Thematic Areas, which includes “Focusing on Global Health” as one of the five thematic areas;

2) The Framwork Programs for Global Health Signature Innovations Initiative, which supports U.S. universities develop global health research capabilities; and

3) The Program to Enhance NIH-Supported Global Health Research Involving Human Subjects, which supports collaboration and partnerships between U.S. and developing country Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).