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U.S. and South Africa sign PEPFAR Partnership Framework

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana signed a five-year Partnership Framework under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that will guide cooperative efforts by the two governments and other stakeholders in support of goals outlined in South Africa’s national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS as well as the prevention, care, and treatment goals of PEPFAR.

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY11 Omnibus Appropriations Act

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the text of the FY 2011 Omnibus Act with the following funding levels:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $53.5 billion ($3.1 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $4.7 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.22 billion ($291 million below the President’s request; $443 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
Maternal and Child Health: $761 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $710 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $57.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

- HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion:
HIV/AIDS: $5.025 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million (Note: An additional $300 million is appropriated for the Global Fund through the Department of Health and Human Services bringing total FY11 contribution to $1.125 billion.)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.10 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Food Security and Agricultural Development: $1.4 billion ($244 million below the President’s FY11 request)

Statements and Resources from the Administration Commemorating World AIDS Day

The following U.S. government agencies and Administration officials released statements commemorating World AIDS Day:

President Barack Obama:

In a video message delivered at the opening of a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, President Obama summarized the actions taken by his Administration, both domestically and globally, to address HIV/AIDS and called for a recommitment “to building on the tremendous progress we’ve made both in preventing and treating the disease and ending the stigma and discrimination that too often surround it.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Secretary Clinton highlighted recent actions by the Administration that contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS including, among other things, efforts to address AIDS a central component of the GHI, the multi-year commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the efforts through PEPFAR to make “smart investments”.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

In a statement and during remarks provided at a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary Sebelius highlighted actions by the Administration responding to the HIV epidemic in the U.S. and summarized recent advances in scientific research.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah:

Administrator Shah released a statement highlighting recent research efforts focused on HIV prevention and stated that “our goal is to provide proven safe and effective HIV prevention products to the most vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby:

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Saving Lives Through Smart Investments”, Ambassador Goosby, in response to questions regarding the Administration’s ability to maintain its commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS during challenging economic times, stated that “through a range of actions, the Obama Administration is demonstrating that the U.S. commitment remains firm.” Ambassador Goosby proceeded to summarize and provide examples of the actions being taken.

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice:

Ambassador Rice released a statement highlighting the results of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and summarizing how President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) will build on the efforts of PEPFAR to address the impacts of HIV.

National Institutes of Health (NIH):
A statement from the NIH titled “Building on Success: Step by Step, Researchers Gaining Ground on HIV/AIDS” highlighted past and ongoing research efforts at the agency to address the disease. The statement included comments from NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

Peace Corps:

The Peace Corps released a statement highlighting the role that its volunteers have played to address the impacts of the disease.

Administration actions commemorating International Day of Persons With Disabilities

In observance of International Day of Persons With Disabilities, President Obama issued a proclamation commemorating the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, released statements highlighting U.S. efforts on behalf of persons with disabilities, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues delivered a video message to the Convention on International Day of Persons with Disabilities highlighting efforts by the Administration to prevent disabilities resulting from, among other things, gender-based violence.

Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah host a town hall meeting on the QDDR

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks and answered questions from the audience at a “USAID Town Hall Meeting on the Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review [QDDR].” Secretary Clinton described the recommendations outlined in the QDDR including, among other things, the planned transition of leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID.

State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg also provided remarks.

H.R. 5006 – White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2010

The proposed bill establishes a “White House Conference on Haiti” that will, among other things, “identify gaps or duplication in the provision of humanitarian assistance . . . highlight innovative ideas for sustainable rebuilding and redevelopment in Haiti . . . [and] share best practices in development assistance in Haiti and in nations facing similar challenges.”

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.”