During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a fact sheet titled “PEPFAR: Addressing Gender and HIV/AIDS,” which highlights PEPFAR’s efforts to address the impacts of HIV/AIDS on women and girls areas such gender-nased violence (GBV), prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and advocating for women, girls, and gender equality.
In a State Department blog post titled “An Update on PEPFAR in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, described the efforts of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to continue to operate HIV/AIDS programs in CÃ´te dâ€™Ivoire and other countries in conflict.
USAID Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes testify before Congress on the FY 2012 Budget Requests
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the FY 2012 budget requests and future directions in foreign assistance.
USAID Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes testify before Congress on the International Development Budget
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the FY 2012 budget requests and international development policy priorities.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Rajakumari Jandhyala, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President for Compact Implementation Patrick Fine testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the FY 2012 budget request for Africa.
During remarks at a screening of the film “Grace Under Fire,” Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero stated that the Obama Administration was reaffirming its commitment to women and girls through a renewed commitment to the goals established at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and highlighted areas of focus including â€œprograms such as the Presidentâ€™s Global Health Initiative (GHI) which has women and girls at its core, restored emphasis on U.S.-funded international family planning and maternal health programs, enhanced links between reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts in PEPFAR programs, and through robust leadership in the multilateral arena.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Angola “establishing the U.S.-Angola Strategic Partnership Dialogue.” Secretary Clinton stated the two countries will cooperate on priorities including agriculture, food security, and HIV/AIDS.
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 Presidentâ€™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 Presidentâ€™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 Presidentâ€™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.
- Area: Congress, Budget
- Information Type: Senate Bills
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, MCC, State Dept., The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
President Obama and Administration officials discuss U.S. commitment to HIV/AIDS during International AIDS Conference
Prior to the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized, in a State Department blog post titled â€œPEPFAR Participation in the International AIDS Conference,â€ the U.S. commitment to global HIV/AIDS through the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Ambassador Goosby also discussed PEPFARâ€™s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI); the central role of the HIV/AIDS response in fulfilling Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5, and 6; PEPFARâ€™s efforts to build on lessons learned; its focus on country ownership; and the importance of partnering with other organizations to address global HIV/AIDS.
In another blog post released during the conference titled â€œU.S. Commitment To Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS,â€ Ambassador Goosby highlighted the results from the conference and responded to concerns â€œregarding the overall resource levels to fight the global AIDS epidemicâ€ by summarizing U.S. funding commitments and PEPFARâ€™s efforts to improve efficiencies in service delivery.
At the end of the International AIDS Conference, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided closing remarks via video message. President Obama summarized the U.S. commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS through PEPFAR and the GHI. Similarly, Secretary Clinton stated the U.S. is “committed to leading the fight against HIV/AIDS as we seek a sustainable, effective, and broad response to the global burden of disease.”