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Administration announces new initiative to address gender-based violence as part of global HIV response

During a White House event, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced a new initiative to respond to gender-based violence (GBV) as part of the U.S. global HIV response. With $4.65 million in funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the initiative will provide small grants to grassroots organizations in support of “programs that prevent and respond to GBV, with a link to HIV prevention, treatment and care.”

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Peace Corps and PEPFAR announce public-private partnership to train health professionals

The Peace Corps and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced the launch of a public-private partnership with Global Health Services Corps to provide training for health professionals in developing countries. According to a Peace Corps news release, “the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) will address health professional shortages by investing in capacity and building support for existing medical and nursing education programs in less developed countries.”

CRS releases report on U.S. global HIV/AIDS funding since PEPFAR inception

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR): Funding Issues After a Decade of Implementation, FY2004-FY2013.” According to the summary, “[t]his report outlines U.S. spending on global HIV/AIDS programs since the inception of PEPFAR, analyzes global HIV/AIDS funding by other donors, and highlights key issues pertaining to funding that will face the 113th Congress as it considers the future of PEPFAR.”

PEPFAR releases FY 2013 Country Operational Plan Guidance

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released the “PEPFAR FY 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance” outlining the U.S. Government’s (USG) “annual investments and anticipated results in HIV/AIDS and [is] the basis for approval of annual USG bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in most countries.”

Ambassador Goosby accepts offer to lead Office of Global Health Diplomacy; outlines role of office

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated that he accepted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s request to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State. Ambassador Goosby also stated that he will remain in his role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the new office will work to support U.S. ambassadors, improve sustainability of programs, and foster improved coordination among stakeholders.

PEPFAR releases report on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT)

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released a report titled “Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV: Expert Panel Report and Recommendations to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.” This report, which was mandated by Congress in the 2008 PEPFAR reuthorization (P.L. 110-293), provides an overview of HIV among women and children, summarizes the effectiveness of current PMTCT interventions, and highlights the challenges and opportunities to improve PMTCT. The report concludes with a series of recommendations to the Global AIDS Coordinator and Congress for the scale-up of PMTCT services.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks on “Development in the 21st Century”

In a speech titled “Development in the 21st Century,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention “to rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.” She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway “to make sure that development delivers lasting results”:

1) Adopt a model of development that emphasizes partnerships with countries, multilateral organizations, NGOs, Universities, and the private sector;

2) Elevate development and integrate development more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field;

3) Improve the coordination of development across federal agencies and reduce reliance on contractors by increasing staff and expertise at USAID and the State Department;

4) Target investment and develop technical excellence in a few key areas, such as health, agriculture, security, education, energy, and local governance;

5) Increase investment in innovation; and

6) Increase investment on women and girls, who are critical to advancing social, economic, and political progress.

Obama Administration announces 3-year, $4 billion pledge and calls for reforms to the Global Fund

As part of the Third Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria the Obama Administration announced a 3-year, $4 billion (FY11-FY13) pledge and a “Call to Action” to the Global Fund aimed at “develop[ing] and implement[ing] a set of reforms to maximize the impact of Global Fund grants.” Additionally, a press release from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) on the new commitment and “Call to Action” states that future U.S. contributions to the Global Fund would be based on a “review of: 1) measurable progress in delivering on an action agenda for improved grant impact, 2) maintaining the Global Fund’s focus on combating the three diseases, and 3) continued financial support from other donors.”

U.S. & Ethiopia sign five-year PEPFAR Partnership Framework

The United States and Ethiopia signed the “Five-Year Partnership Framework in Support of the Ethiopian National Response to HIV/AIDS 2010-2014,” a strategic plan guiding the joint efforts of the two countries, and other stakeholders, to address the impacts of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia. The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Partnership Framework is intended “to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ethiopia” and includes “the goals of providing health and related social services for most-at-risk populations, as well as strengthening arrangements, such as the International Health Partnership (IHP+) and other multilateral and bilateral relationships.”

HHS and PEPFAR announces 5-year, $130 million commitment for partnership aimed at increasing the number of health workers in Africa

A press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a 5-year, $130 million commitment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), an effort originally announced in March 2010 aimed at increasing the number of health care workers in Africa. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated “MEPI will strengthen national plans to improve medical instruction and bolster the overall health care delivery systems.”