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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.”

Administration officials testify at a Congressional hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS”

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby discussed the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and outlined core principles moving forward including PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), addressing gender issues, country ownership and building local capacity, and stronger engagement with multilateral partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci summarized how NIH contributes to the PEPFAR mission through HIV/AIDS research that provides “the tools necessary to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden discussed the successes of PEPFAR and outlined the guiding principles of CDC’s global health work which include: “strengthen public health capacity; better use data to improve program performance and policy; and maximize sustainable health impact through the use of existing and new systems, cost-efficiencies, partner investments, and scale-up of the highest impact interventions with a focus on populations with the greatest need.”

Prior to testimony from the Administration officials, the hearing was opened with remarks from the Committee Chair, Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th), and Ranking Member, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th).