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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.

Administration releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Malaria Strategy”

The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG malaria programs from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG malaria programs in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), including the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and aims to reduce the impact of malaria by focusing on Africa, incorporating a woman-centered approach, limiting the spread of drug resistant malaria, integrating with other health interventions, strengthening health systems, and linking U.S. government efforts to host-country strategies.

S.Res. 499 – A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day, and reaffirming United States leadership and support for efforts to combat malaria as a critical component of the President’s Global Health Initiative

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Malaria Day” and “reaffirms the goals and commitments to combat malaria in the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde United States Global Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-293).”

State Department official comments on global health and food security during remarks honoring “Africa Day”

During remarks honoring the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (Africa Day), Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs stated that in “the public health sector, we remain committed to working side-by-side with African governments and civil society to ensure that quality treatment, prevention, and care are easily accessible to communities throughout Africa.” He also discussed several U.S. government initiatives that work to improve health in Africa including Feed the Future, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Admiral Ziemer outlines the Administration’s goals for development at Lower Mekong Initiative Infectious Disease Conference

During remarks at the Lower Mekong Initiative Infectious Disease Conference the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Coordinator Admiral Timothy Ziemer outlined the Administration’s four goals for development: committing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ensuring country ownership, finding new ways to innovate, and efficiency in achieving results. Admiral Ziemer also described the guiding principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI): a focus on women’s health; increased collaboration and coordination within the U.S. government; shared responsibility of the international community; country ownership; sustainability; and monitoring, evaluation, research, learning, and innovation. Admiral Ziemer concluded by highlighting U.S. commitments to improve health in the Lower Mekong region.

S. 3676 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2011

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 18-12 the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $54.06 billion ($2.6 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $5.3 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.239 billion ($274 million below the President’s request; $460 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $800 million
– Malaria: $635.5 million

- Tuberculosis: $230 million

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100 million

- Child Survival and Maternal Health: $641 million

- Nutrition: $100 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $700 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $55 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Feed the Future: $1.3 billion ($344 million below the President’s FY11 request)

“Global Gag” Rule Amendment:The Committee approved by a vote of 19-11 an amendment to the appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would codify into law President Obama’s decision to rescind the “global gag” rule (otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy), which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign assistance for family planning purposes to any organization that performed or promoted legal abortion.