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State Department official discusses health and food security in a speech on “Strengthening the United States Relationship with Africa”

In a speech titled “Strengthening the United States Relationship with Africa” given at the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana, 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).

Secretary of State Clinton testifies before Congress on the FY 2011 State Department Budget

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before four congressional committees (see Additional Information) on the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations budget request, including on the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the role of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR). Other related topics addressed included the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) to define global needs and properly align U.S. capabilities, increasing the capacity of the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), food security, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), long-term recovery efforts in Haiti, and advancing equality and opportunity for women and girls.

U.S. and South Africa sign PEPFAR Partnership Framework

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana signed a five-year Partnership Framework under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that will guide cooperative efforts by the two governments and other stakeholders in support of goals outlined in South Africa’s national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS as well as the prevention, care, and treatment goals of PEPFAR.

Administration official discusses the “links between food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS”

During remarks at the opening plenary panel of the 27th UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board Meeting titled “Food and Nutrition Security and HIV,” Ambassador William Garvelink, Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, USAID and Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future, highlighted the “links between food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS” and discussed the U.S. role in addressing these issues through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and Feed the Future (FtF). Ambassador Garvelink also discussed the need to “focus on women to achieve lasting, measureable results.”

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.”

PEPFAR announces new HIV prevention, treatment and care results

In a press release titled “World AIDS Day: U.S. Reports Encouraging Progress in Saving Lives through Smart Investments” the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced “new results achieved by its efforts to support countries in providing HIV prevention, treatment and care to their people.” According to the release, as of September 30, 2010, PEPFAR has had the following results:

- 3.2 million individuals are receiving antiretroviral treatment;

- 600,000 HIV-positive pregnant women received antiretroviral prophylaxis in FY 2010 resulting in more than 114,000 infants to be born HIV-free;

- 11 million individuals received care and support in FY 2010 including 3.8 million orphans and vulnerable children; and

- 33 million people received HIV counseling and testing in FY 2010.

OGAC official discusses epidemiological burden of HIV/AIDS, smart investments, and country ownership

In a speech given at the 27th UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board Meeting, Deborah von Zinkernagel, Principal Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) at the U.S. Department of State, focused on three issues – the epidemiological burden of HIV/AIDS, making smart investments, and ensuring country ownership – and summarized how efforts through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are being implemented to address these issues.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

During a Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the priorities of the FY11 request including funding that supports the Global Health Initiative (GHI), efforts to improve global food security, and increasing the capacity of USAID. Administrator Shah also discussed the principles guiding USAID’s efforts, the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Development Policy (PSD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), USAID’s work in Haiti, and the supplemental funding request for Haiti.

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.”