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HHS releases report assessing the H1N1 outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere

From the report: “On August 9, 2009, the White House charged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Department of State (DoS) to study characteristics and impact of the 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) (refer to as 2009 H1N1) outbreak in the Southern Hemisphere” in order “to assist the U.S. Government in its preparedness efforts.”

President Obama signs Presidential Study Directive authorizing review of U.S. global development policy

According to Foreign Policy’s Blog, “The Cable,” President Obama “has signed a Presidential Study Directive authorizing a U.S. government-wide review of global development policy.” While the Presidential Study Directive (PSD) has not been made public, Administration officials have commented on the review (Alonzo Fulgham, acting Administrator of USAID, USGLC event on “Putting Smart Power to Work”).

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

On August 3, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton began an eleven day diplomatic trip to seven countries in Africa. During her trip Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. foreign assistance policy at the 8th Forum of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, U.S. food security policy during a visit to the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, attended a PEPFAR event in South Africa, signed an agreement to combat HIV/AIDS with Angola, attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USAID, Chevron, and the Cooperative League of the United States of America (CLUSA) on agricultural development in Angola, and announced $17 million in new funding to address sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discusses PEPFAR and U.S. global health policy during International AIDS Society Conference

During the 5th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed U.S. global health policy and the role of PEPFAR under the new Administration.

Secretary of State Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to India and Thailand

On July 17, 2009, Secretary of State Clinton began an seven day diplomatic trip to India and Thailand. During her trip Secretary Clinton discussed U.S. global health policy before the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), food security during a tour of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, and agreed to a “Strategic Diaglogue” with the Government of India that included health as one of “five principal pillars.”

GAO Report – President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief: Partner Selection and Oversight Follow Accepted Practices but Would Benefit from Enhanced Planning and Accountability

In this report, “GAO examined practices used in (1) selecting organizations to implement PEPFAR activities and (2) overseeing these organizations’ PEPFAR activities.” Additionally, “GAO recommends that the Secretary of State direct OGAC to take several steps to improve specific processes for selecting PEPFAR implementing partners and strengthen oversight of PEPFAR partners.”

Secretary Clinton announces plan to conduct a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

During town hall meetings at both the State Department and USAID, Secretary of State Clinton announced a plan to conduct a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). Secretary Clinton stated that the QDDR will help “the Department and USAID to get ahead of emerging threats and opportunities and to make the case effectively for OMB, the Congress, and the people of our country for the resources we need.” Secretary Clinton also stated that the QDDR will provide the State Department and USAID “with a comprehensive assessment for organizational reform and improvements to our policy, strategy, and planning processes” and is “central to effective coordination between the State Department and USAID.”

S. 1434 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2010

The 2010 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill that was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on July 9, 2009 includes the following funding amounts relevant to global health:

- $7.77 billion total funding for global health and child survival programs;

- $1.5 billion for agricultural assistance and food security; and

- $315 million for water and sanitation programs.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced, referred to and reported on favorably by the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar on July 9, 2009.