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U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House fact sheet: “The U.S. Response to the Ebola Epidemic in West Africa” (October 6, 2014) White House blog post: “Senior Officials Hold a Briefing…

Global Health Security Agenda Summit held at the White House

On September 26, the White House held a summit to discuss progress and commitments towards the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which was launched on February 13, 2014. According to a fact sheet released by the White House about the summit, President Obama and senior Administration officials met “with Ministers…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “Combating the Ebola Threat”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations held a hearing titled “Combating the Ebola Threat” with testimony from Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,  Tom Frieden, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Ariel…

State Department releases fact sheet on policy guidance promoting gender equality

The U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Department of State Policy Guidance: Promoting Gender Equality and Advancing the Status of Women and Girls,” which states that “Secretary Kerry has directed all embassies and bureaus to continue to prioritize these issues in all of their diplomatic, development,…

UPDATED – House Appropriations Committee approves FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (also see the associated report), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health…

State Department releases “Trafficking in Persons Report 2014”

The State Department released its 2014 “Trafficking in Persons Report” which, according to a pre-event press release, “assesses government efforts around the world to combat modern slavery.” The launch of the report included comments from both Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador-at-Large Luis CdeBaca. Additional Resources: Read Secretary Kerry’s…

Administration Statements on World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the U.S. commitment to humanitarian and refugee assistance worldwide. Resources: Read President Obama’s remarks here. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks here. State Department fact sheet: “World Refugee Day: Highlighting a Global Need and America’s Response” State Department’s…

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding…

Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…