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State Department observes World Cancer Day

In observance of World Cancer Day, the State Department announced that “the United States government supports international efforts to raise cancer awareness and encourages continued endeavors to prevent, treat, and cure cancer.” The press release also stated that the Department of State “has several international projects underway that are focused on the prevention of specific cancers, notably breast and other women’s cancers.”

State Department announces support for the goals of the International Violence Against Women Act

In a press release, the State Department announced its support for “the goals of the proposed International Violence Against Women Act” and stated that increased health sector capacity was one of the necessary steps to address sexual and gender-based violence.

CRS Report – State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2010 Budget and Appropriations

From the report summary: “This report analyzes the FY2010 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action for FY2010, which includes the July 9 House approval of H.R. 3081, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY2010, July 9 Senate Appropriations Committee passage of its bill (S. 1434), and passage of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, signed into law Dec. 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).”

Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia

On February 13, 2010, Secretary of State Clinton began a four day diplomatic trip to Qatar and Saudi Arabia. During her trip Secretary Clinton commented on efforts by the U.S. and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to address matenal and child health issues as well as efforts to eradicate polio.

State Department Official discusses U.S.-India relations and global health issues

In remarks at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Robert O. Blake, Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, summarized the U.S.-India relationship including the “Strategic Dialogue”, an effort launched by Secretary Clinton and her counterpart in India, External Affairs Minister Krishna, which, among other things, calls for increased collaboration in the areas of agriculture, science, technology, health and innovation.

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
– USAID: $3.013 billion
– Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
– Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
– Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
– Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
– Department of State: $5.500 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
– Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

Administration releases Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document

The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Ambassador Eric Goosby comments on the role of PEPFAR in the GHI

In a State Department blog post titled “Global Health Initiative: How PEPFAR Fits In,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, stated that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is “a cornerstone of the GHI” (Global Health Initiative). Ambassador Goosby summarized the similar principles of the GHI and those outlined in PEPFAR’s five year strategy including working to improve health systems, enhancing coordination with other U.S. government agencies, focusing on women and girls, and increasing coordination with international partners.

Secretary of State Clinton testifies before Congress on the FY 2011 State Department Budget

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before four congressional committees (see Additional Information) on the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations budget request, including on the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the role of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR). Other related topics addressed included the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) to define global needs and properly align U.S. capabilities, increasing the capacity of the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), food security, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), long-term recovery efforts in Haiti, and advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls.

Secretary Clinton announces release of the QDDR

During a State Department town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and summarized the key points of the document. Following her remarks, Secretary Clinton was joined on a panel by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, State Department Director of Policy and Planning Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg to respond to questions from the audience.

The QDDR outlines a set of changes to be made at USAID and the State Department including the appointment by the Secretary of State of an Executive Director for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) that will report to the Secretary and the GHI Operations Committee (the USAID Administrator, the Global Aids Coordinator, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Additionally, the QDDR states that leadership of the GHI will transition to USAID at the end of FY 2012 if a specific set of benchmarks have been met.