The Senate voted in favor of confirming Eric Goosby as Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator.
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
In a speech at the Brookings Institution titled “Diplomacy and Development in the 21st Century: A Conversation with Senator John Kerry,” Senator Kerry summarized his views on the current state of U.S. diplomatic and development institutions and suggested a number of reforms that would “strengthen our civilian institutions to adequately address the challenges of the 21st century.” Some of these reforms include:
- Increasing resources, personnel and training;
- Improving coordination of U.S. foreign assistance programs;
- Clarifying the policies and goals of U.S. foreign assistance;
- Reauthorizing the Foreign Assistance Act; and
- Rebalancing the decision-making process between Washington and the field.
Senator Kerry also announced that he would be “introducing two pieces of legislation: a Foreign Affairs Authorization Act that will authorize the State Department and related accounts, and an initial foreign aid reform bill.”
Tom Walsh, Acting Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and Chief of Staff, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs to discuss the FY 2010 budget request for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, addressed the Plenary Session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. In her comments, Secretary Sebelius dicussed the international response to the recent outbreak of the H1N1 virus. Secretary Sebelius also discussed President Obama’s new Global Health Initiative stating that “our world demands a new, integrated approach to public health – one that seeks to understand and target the many factors that that can threaten the lives and livelihoods of all our citizens.”
President Obama submitted the FY 2010 budget to Congress including $53.9 billion for the Department of State and other international programs.
President Obama announced a new Global Health Initiative and his request of Congress to approve $8.6 billion in FY 2010 and $63 billion over six years to support this effort. The President stated that the initiative will continue to support and build upon efforts to address AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis initiated by the previous administration, but it will also “do more to improve health systems around the world, focus our efforts on child and maternal health, and ensure that best practices drive the funding for these programs.”
President Obama nominated Eric Goosby for Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State.
The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced $11.75 million in grants over five years to train researchers in Haiti, Uganda, China, and Tanzania focusing on HIV/AIDS and TB.
The Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded grants totaling almost $2.7 million to train HIV/AIDS researchers in 15 low- and middle-income countries. The grants were awarded as part of the 20-year-old AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP).
From the report summary: “This report provides an overview of the U.S. foreign aid program, by answering frequently asked questions on the subject.”