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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”

In a video message commemorating World TB Day, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”. The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG TB program from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG TB programs in the Global Health Initiative, USG country planning and scale-up of interventions, the coordination and collaboration of USG agencies, and plans to monitor and report on USG efforts.

Administration remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders”

During remarks at the “2010 President’s Forum with Young African Leaders,” President Obama discussed the role of the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future) in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also described U.S. efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and efforts to achieve food security.

Senator Lugar sends letter to President Obama regarding U.S. commitment to addressing global HIV/AIDS

In a letter to President Obama, Senator Richard Lugar expressed his support for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and his desire that the Global Health Initiative (GHI) should not divert resources from PEPFAR. Senator Lugar asked “that the goals and accomplishments of the U.S. global AIDS program not be put at risk by health program expansion efforts” and stated “[i]t is imperative that any program expansion not lose sight of our original objectives of saving lives and addressing the needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.”

Ambassador Goosby discusses PEPFAR in the State Department’s “Conversations With America” video series

During a State Department video discussion titled “Conversations With America: Discussion on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and Dr. Jeffrey Sturchio, President and CEO of the Global Health Council, discussed PEPFAR’s efforts to address marginalized populations, the importance of integrating HIV/AIDS with other health interventions through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the results of the CAPRISA microbicide study. Ambassador Goosby and Dr. Sturchio also responded to audience submitted questions on PEPFAR’s efforts to coordinate global efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, promote country ownership, measure progress, and improve nutrition for women and children.

Secretary Clinton delivers speech titled “The Global Health Initiative: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World”

In a speech titled “The Global Health Initiative [GHI]: The Next Phase of American Leadership in Health Around the World,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the reasons why the U.S. is investing in global health including: to strengthen fragile or failing states; to promote social and economic progress; to protect U.S. security; as a tool of public diplomacy; and as a demonstration of U.S. compassion. Secretary Clinton also outlined how the GHI would work towards achieving its goal “to save the greatest possible number of lives, both by increasing our existing health programs and by building upon them to help countries develop their own capacity to improve the health of their own people.”

State Department official discusses role of women and girls in achieving the MDGs

In a speech titled “Making the Most of the Millennium Development Goals Summit: Advancing Progress Through the Empowerment of Women and Girls” given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer stated the “U.S. fully embraces the MDGs . . . [and] that MDG 3 – the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women – is the linchpin to the achievement of all the other MDGs.” Ambassador Verveer proceeded to describe how women and girls were at the core of U.S. foreign policy and development initiatives including the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

GAO Report – President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Efforts to Align Programs with Partner Countries’ HIV/AIDS Strategies and Promote Partner Country Ownership

This U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which is in response to a directive in the 2008 reauthorization of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), “(1) examines alignment of PEPFAR programs with partner countries’ HIV/AIDS strategies and (2) describes several challenges related to alignment or promotion of country ownership.” The GAO found that, while PEPFAR activities generally align with partner country HIV/AIDS activities, several challenges exist. Based on its findings, the GAO recommended – and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) concurred – “that the Secretary of State direct OGAC to develop and disseminate a methodology for establishing baseline measures of country ownership prior to implementing partnership frameworks.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The U.S. Record on Financing for Development in 2009″

The fact sheet provides an overview of official development assistance (ODA) provided by the United States in 2009 including funding amounts by relevant U.S. agencies and departments and summary information of assistance provided for specific programmatic sectors such as: Global Health; Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition; and Water Supply and Sanitation.

Administration officials testify at a Congressional hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS”

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby discussed the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and outlined core principles moving forward including PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI), addressing gender issues, country ownership and building local capacity, and stronger engagement with multilateral partners such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci summarized how NIH contributes to the PEPFAR mission through HIV/AIDS research that provides “the tools necessary to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden discussed the successes of PEPFAR and outlined the guiding principles of CDC’s global health work which include: “strengthen public health capacity; better use data to improve program performance and policy; and maximize sustainable health impact through the use of existing and new systems, cost-efficiencies, partner investments, and scale-up of the highest impact interventions with a focus on populations with the greatest need.”

Prior to testimony from the Administration officials, the hearing was opened with remarks from the Committee Chair, Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th), and Ranking Member, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th).

Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen provide opening remarks at a Congressional hearing on PEPFAR

Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th – Chair) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th – Ranking Member) provided opening remarks during a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS.” Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen described the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to date, the need to continue to focus on treatment as well as prevention, and emphasized the U.S. commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.

After opening remarks, the Committee took testimony from U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden.