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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.

H.Con.Res. 333 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day.

Among other things, the resolution states that Congress “supports the goals and ideals of World AIDS Day” and “supports continued funding for the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria to provide prevention, care, and treatment to combat HIV/AIDS in developing countries.”

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.”

H.Res. 1155 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis; (2) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (3) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Timeline of the resolution:

- Introduced and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 10, 2010.

- Approved by a voice vote in the House on May 12, 2010.

H.Res. 1140 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (2) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew discusses U.S. global health policy at release of CSIS report on Smart Global Health Policy

Deputy Secretary of State Jacob “Jack” Lew delivered remarks on U.S. global health policy at the release of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Global Health Policy’s final report. During his speech, Deputy Secretary Lew summarized the reasons why “the Obama Administration has made global health a central priority of U.S. foreign policy” and outlined the objectives of the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).

S.Res. 454 – Supporting the goals of World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis

The resolution states that the Senate supports the goals of World Tuberculosis Day, commends the efforts of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to address the disease, and “reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

CRS Report – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: U.S. Contributions and Issues for Congress

From the report summary: “This report provides background information on the Global Fund, summarizes key findings on the Global Fund’s progress through 2009, outlines U.S. funding for the Fund, and analyzes issues Congress might consider as it debates the appropriate level of support to provide the Fund.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Administration officials testify at a Congressional hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS”

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby discussed the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and outlined core principles moving forward including PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), addressing gender issues, country ownership and building local capacity, and stronger engagement with multilateral partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci summarized how NIH contributes to the PEPFAR mission through HIV/AIDS research that provides “the tools necessary to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden discussed the successes of PEPFAR and outlined the guiding principles of CDC’s global health work which include: “strengthen public health capacity; better use data to improve program performance and policy; and maximize sustainable health impact through the use of existing and new systems, cost-efficiencies, partner investments, and scale-up of the highest impact interventions with a focus on populations with the greatest need.”

Prior to testimony from the Administration officials, the hearing was opened with remarks from the Committee Chair, Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th), and Ranking Member, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th).