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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”.
Administration releases report identifying research needs to study the human health impacts of climate change

The Administration released a report titled “A Human Health Perspective On Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change.” The report was produced by an interagency working group led by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and “highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change.”

Administration statements in observance of World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a statement commemorating World Malaria Day and announced the release of the Malaria Five Year Strategy and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) fourth annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 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), and the Peace Corps also released statements commemorating World Malaria Day.

Fogarty International Center releases “Implementation Science and Global Health Meeting Report”

The Fogarty International Center (Fogarty), part of the National Institutes for Health (NIH), released a report summarizing a meeting titled “Implementation Science and Global Health.” The meeting explored “strategies to build linkages between implementation science researchers to global healthcare delivery programs,” one of five priority areas designated in Fogarty’s Strategic Plan (2008-2012).

NIH announces partnership with PEPFAR to strengthen medical education in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), announced a new program to strengthen medical education and increase the number of health care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program, which is called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort with The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD).

S.Res. 454 – Supporting the goals of World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis

The resolution states that the Senate supports the goals of World Tuberculosis Day, commends the efforts of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to address the disease, and “reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Administration statements in observance of World Tuberculosis Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a statement commemorating World Tuberculosis (TB) Day and announced the release of the Tuberculosis Five Year Strategy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Dr. Christine Sizemore and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also released statements commemorating World TB Day.

National Eye Institute Director releases statement in observance of World Glaucoma Week

Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released a statement recognizing World Glaucoma Week. The Director stated the NEI reaffirms “its commitment to supporting research that will identify risk factors for the condition and develop treatments to preserve the sense of sight.”

S. 3686 – An original bill making appropriations for the Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011, and for other purposes.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 17-12 the FY 2011 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies bill with the following recommendations:

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC (total): $353.3 million
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $153.2 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Fogarty International Center (FIC): $72.9 million

- The Global Fund: $300 million

Secretary Clinton announces the “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

During remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced “the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a new public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to create a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions that will save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change. The Alliance will work to tackle the severe health, economic, and environmental consequences associated with smoke from traditional cook stoves and open fires used by over half the world’s population.” The U.S. has committed $50.82 million over the next five years to ensure that the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves reaches its “goal of 100 million homes adopting new clean stoves and fuels by 2020.”