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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 statements and actions commemorating World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, as well as Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released statements commemorating World Malaria Day. The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) also released its 5th Annual Report to Congress.

USAID Administrator Shah delivers Barmes Global Health Lecture

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered the David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). During his remarks, Administrator Shah discussed the role of science, technology, and innovation in improving global health and the importance of increasing access to health facilities.

Administration statements and resources on World Pneumonia Day

In recognition of World Pneumonia Day, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a statement highlighting its efforts to prevent and treat the disease including through the research of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and in support of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Additional Resources:

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approves FY 2012 Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education approved, during a markup hearing, the FY 2012 Labor, HHS, and Education appropriations bill (S.1599). Among other things, the bill provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Fogarty International Center. The Committee Report outlines funding amounts provided in the bill including $350.3 million for global health activities through the CDC and $299 million for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Information:

  • Access a summary of the bill released by the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
  • The full Senate Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to markup the bill September 21, 2011.
  • Learn more about the status of FY 2012 appropriations using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.
House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2012 Labor, HHS, & Education Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations released the draft FY 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education appropriations bill (H.R. 3070), which provides funding for global health programs through appropriations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Fogarty International Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The proposed bill and an accompanying funding table highlight the following amounts for global health:

  • $324.2 million for global health programs at the CDC, of which $118.0 million is for HIV/AIDS programs;
  • $71.3 million for the Fogarty International Center; and
  • The proposed bill eliminates HHS funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Learn more about the U.S. global health budget using the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Budget Tracker.

Administration official testifies on global strategies to combat Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health (NIH), provided testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, at a hearing titled “Global Strategies to Combat the Devastating Health and Economic Impacts of Alzheimer’s Disease.”  During his remarks Dr. Hodes described NIH efforts to improve the detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and providing assistance for caregivers.

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in Africa”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in Africa” highlighting the efforts of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as well as the U.S. commitment of more than $50 million over five years to the Alliance.