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Administration Statements on World Health Day

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice released statements commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.”

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Health Day

In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,” Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), other U.S. efforts by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,” and stated “the United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.

U.S. and South Africa sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue

Secretary of State Clinton and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries that “will reinforce cooperation in key areas” including health and food security.

State Department official discusses responsible agricultural investment (RAI)

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discussed responsible agricultural investment (RAI) during a roundtable discussion with representatives from the Government of Japan and the African Union Commission. During her comments, Assistant Secretary Brimmer highlighted “several points that we believe are critical components to the goal of food security” including: the need for a comprehensive approach to food security, the need to invest in country-owned plans, and that efforts should be conducted in an environmentally, financially, socially, and culturally-responsible manner.

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.

Secretary Clinton and Secretary Gates send letters to Chair of the Senate Budget Committee requesting full support of President Obama’s FY11 International Affairs budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates sent letters to Senator Kurt Conrad (D-ND), Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, requesting full funding of President Obama’s FY 2011 International Affairs budget request.

Secretary Clinton announces “International Fund for Women and Girls”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the “Secretary’s International Fund for Women and Girls,” a public-private partnership that will provide grants to nongovernmental organizations working “to combat violence, improve health and education, promote climate change solutions, and create economic and political opportunities for women and girls.”