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Secretary Sebelius comments on Maternal and Child Health and the Global Health Initiative before the United Nations Secretary General’s Leadership Luncheon

In a speech addressing the United Nations Secretary General’s Leadership Luncheon, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius discussed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Four and Five stating that “the United States is more committed than ever to working with our partners in this room and around the world to build on and sustain the substantial and meaningful progress achieved to date.” Secretary Sebelius also summarized the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) and stated “maternal and child health [MCH] is an important piece of the Obama Administration’s women and girl-centered approach.”

U.S. and South Africa sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue

Secretary of State Clinton and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries that “will reinforce cooperation in key areas” including health and food security.

State Department Official discusses health and food security in a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration”

In a speech titled “U.S.-Africa Policy Under the Obama Administration” given at the Harvard University Africa Focus Program, Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, outlined the areas of focus for U.S. work with African countries including food security and health. During his remarks, Assistant Secretary Carson discussed the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (GHFSI), the Obama Administration’s efforts to address health issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Senate letter expresses concern regarding access to treatment provided by PEPFAR

In a letter to U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, Senators Enzi, Coburn, Burr, Brownback and Isakson express “grave concern regarding reports of individuals seeking assistance provided by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) who have been denied access to life-saving treatment” and ask Ambassador Goosby to provide specific information on HIV/AIDS treatment levels “to assure us that PEPFAR is continuing to focus on treatment.”

CRS Report – Foreign Aid Reform, National Strategy, and the Quadrennial Review

The report provides an overview of ongoing efforts in both Congress and the Administration to reform U.S. foreign assistance programs. Items reviewed in the report include:

- S. 1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009;

- H.R. 2139, Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009;

- H.R. 2387, Strategy and Effectiveness of Foreign Policy and Assistance Act of 2009;

- The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR); and

- The Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy (PSD).

State Department official comments on global health and food security during remarks honoring “Africa Day”

During remarks honoring the 47th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (Africa Day), Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs stated that in “the public health sector, we remain committed to working side-by-side with African governments and civil society to ensure that quality treatment, prevention, and care are easily accessible to communities throughout Africa.” He also discussed several U.S. government initiatives that work to improve health in Africa including Feed the Future, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief (PEPFAR), and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Ambassador Goosby discusses PEPFAR and the Golobal Health Initiative (GHI)

In a post on the State Department’s DipNote blog titled “U.S. Commitment to Saving Lives in the Developing World,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, summarizes the status of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and its role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Ambassador Goosby also comments on the importance of treatment, prevention, counseling and testing, and health systems strengthening in changing “the course of the HIV epidemic.”

PEPFAR announces increased gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response effort

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced the commitment of an additional $30 million to support the scaling up of gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response efforts in Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo stating that the commitment was a recognition of “the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and global HIV/AIDS . . . [and] . . . reflects the Administration’s increased focus on gender outlined in the Global Health Initiative (GHI).”

Opening Statement by Representative Donald Payne at a Congressional hearing on “U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS”

During opening remarks at a House Committee Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on “U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead,” Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th) highlighted the achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), expressed support for the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), and outlined key challenges facing PEPFAR in the future.

Ambassador Eric Goosby testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 budget request for PEPFAR

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing titled “Global Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, testified on the FY 2011 budget request for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his testimony, Ambassador Goosby discussed PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and highlighted several areas of focus as outlined in the Five-Year Strategy including: prevention, country ownership, and strengthening health systems.