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Administrator Shah discusses the Global Health Initiative

At an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, provided remarks on the “vision” and “defining features” of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including “doing more of what works” by improving monitoring and evaluation, “expanding service platforms,” prioritizing innovation, focusing on country ownership, and using a women- and girls-centered approach. During a question and answer session at the conclusion of his remarks, Administrator Shah also discussed, among other things, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Feed the Future Initiative, and procurement reform at USAID.

Congressional letter expresses concern and requests clarification on PEPFAR policies, funding and strategy in Africa

In a letter to the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, twenty-five members of Congress expressed “concern about several reported policy and funding decisions that have impacted treatment programs supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in certain countries in African” and requested clarification on the Administration’s “strategy for reaching the goal of providing AIDS treatment to 4 million people.”

Congressional letter urges President Obama to support the Global Fund

In a letter to President Obama, 100 members of Congress joined Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA, 9th) to urge the Obama Administration “to make a three-year commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria of no less than $6 billion for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014, in addition to any proposed bilateral funding.”

S. 3676 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2011

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 18-12 the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $54.06 billion ($2.6 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $5.3 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.239 billion ($274 million below the President’s request; $460 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $800 million
– Malaria: $635.5 million

- Tuberculosis: $230 million

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100 million

- Child Survival and Maternal Health: $641 million

- Nutrition: $100 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $700 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $55 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Feed the Future: $1.3 billion ($344 million below the President’s FY11 request)

“Global Gag” Rule Amendment:The Committee approved by a vote of 19-11 an amendment to the appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would codify into law President Obama’s decision to rescind the “global gag” rule (otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy), which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign assistance for family planning purposes to any organization that performed or promoted legal abortion.

Ambassador Goosby provides an update on PEPFAR programs in Uganda

In a State Department blog post titled “PEPFAR Programs in Uganda: An Update,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized recent challenges surrounding HIV treatment in Uganda and outlined some of the actions PEPFAR will take to address these challenges including:
– Strengthen PEPFAR’s linkages, through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), with other U.S.-supported health programs;

- Support treatment scale-up and expansion of access to HIV prevention and care services;

- Provide an immediate infusion of antiretroviral drugs;

- Provide increased short- and medium-term financial assistance;

- Promote best practices and innovations in service delivery;

- Conduct an analysis of treatment expenditures in order to develop a plan that expands access to treatment;

- Accelerate the full functioning of grants from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and

- “Pursue a new approach to purposeful engagement with the Government of Uganda and civil society” in order to coordination and collaboration.

Resolution commemorating and supporting the goals of World AIDS Day passed in Senate

The Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 314) introduced by Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day, which takes place each year on December 1. The resolution “commends the dramatic progress in global AIDS programs supported through the efforts of PEPFAR [(The U.S. President’s…

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…

Congress releases FY15 Omnibus

Congress released the FY 2015 Omnibus bill (H.R. 83) on December 9, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as agency-wide emergency funding to address…

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…