Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote an article for Glamour Magazine titled “The Fight Against Child Marriage” and highlighted poor health as one of the negative outcomes resulting from child marriage.
U.S. Department of State
FY 2011 full-year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) introduced in the House includes reductions in global health funding compared to FY 2010 totals
Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1) authorizing appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 level). The proposed reductions in global health funding (when compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.
Timeline of the bill:
- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Budget on February 11, 2011.
- Passed by the House (235-189) on February 19, 2011.
- The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced an amended full-year Continuing Appropriations Act on March 4, 2011. Learn more about the Senate version here.
- The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the Senate version on March 8, 2011.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “This report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights; recent-year funding trends; and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Bali, Indonesia to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. During their visit, Secretary Clinton provided remarks at the signing of a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact with Indonesia that will focus on “adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.” Following a bilateral meeting with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Obama provided a statement that, among other things, highlights the $600 million MCC Compact with Indonesia.
- White House – Joint Statement by President SusiloI Bambang Yudhoyono of The Republic of Indonesia and President Barack Obama of The United States of America
- State Department fact sheet – Global Health Initiative in Indonesia
- State Department fact sheet – Food Security & the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership
- State Department fact sheet – U.S.-Indonesia Collaboration on Science & Technology
In a speech titled “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation” given at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted three interventions guiding the U.S. government’s efforts to achieve the goal of an “AIDS-Free Generation”: prevention of mother-to-child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, and the use of antiretroviral drugs. Secretary Clinton also described three U.S. HIV/AIDS policy priorities: using scientifically proven results to inform U.S. policy, an increasing emphasis on country ownership, and “calling on other donor nations to do their part, including by supporting and strengthening the Global Fund.”
- Access a State Department fact sheet on “The Path to an AIDS-Free Generation.”
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby titled “An Inspiring Vision: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation.”
Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer released statements highlighting, among other things, the health impacts of gender-based violence and the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls.
- State Department DipNote Blog: “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “Afghan Students Speak Out Against Gender-Based Violence”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “PEPFAR’s Commitment To Addressing Gender-Based Violence”
- State Department DipNote Blog: “Gender-Based Violence and HIV: Moving From Commitment to Action“
- USAID Impact Blog: “The Economic Effects of Abuse Against Women”
- USAID information on “The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence”
- USAID Impact Blog: “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence: What Do You Know About Gender Based Violence?”
- USAID Impact Blog: “Addressing Sexual Violence in Conflicts and Disasters”
The U.S. Government and the World Health Organization (WHO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at helping developing nations strengthen their capabilities to meet the International Health Regulations (IHR), which “is an international agreement that requires WHO Member States to prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2012” (H.R. 2583). The CBO “estimates that enacting the bill also would increase direct spending by $175 million over the 2012-2021 period.”
Senate Appropriations Committee to markup FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills
The Senate Committee on Appropriations will hold a full Committee hearing to markup, among other things, the FY 2012 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM in 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.” President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR).
Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership. Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.” At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”
Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.
- Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Non-Communicable Diseases Take Center Stage at the UN General Assembly.” (September 21, 2011)
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Unleashing the Potential of Women as Agricultural Producers and Entrepreneurs.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Administrator Shah titled “MDG countdown: Celebrating Successes and Innovation.” (September 21, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Senior Gender Advisor Caren Grown titled “Investing in Women to Change the World.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, Paul Weisenfeld titled “Scaling Up Nutrition: Supporting country-led efforts to promote healthier lives.” (September 20, 2011)
- Read a USAID IMPACT blog post by USAID Assistant Administrator for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez titled “Delivering Quality, Affordable and Equitable Care to Improve Health.” (September 20, 2011)
- Area: Administration
- Information Type: Statements & Speeches, Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: USAID, State Dept., White House, HHS
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Pandemic Influenza, Health System Strengthening (HSS), Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)