Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Rajakumari Jandhyala, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President for Compact Implementation Patrick Fine testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the FY 2012 budget request for Africa.
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
In a State Department blog post titled “PEPFAR Strengthens Civil Society Efforts To Fight HIV/AIDS,” Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, discussed the role of civil society in combating HIV/AIDS and announced that the Presidentâ€™s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) “will provide $1.5 million to support global and regional civil society networks to provide technical support, strengthen collaborations, and build strong leadership and capacity in communities highly impacted by HIV.”
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) held a one-day forum titled “Smart Investments to Save More Lives: Efficiencies, Innovation, Impact”. The forum focused on PEPFAR’s efforts to improve the efficiency and impact of U.S. programs to address the impact HIV/AIDS and included introductory remarks from the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby.
The White House released the FY 2012 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:
b>Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.8 billion, including
- $8.7155 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and
- Over $1.0693 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.
- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $7.154 billion for PEPFAR of which $1.3 billion is for the Global Fund ($1.0 billion from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).
Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:
State and Foreign Operations funding for the global health:
- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.7155 billion
- USAID: $3.0736 billion
- Maternal & Child Health: $846.0 million
- Nutrition: $150.0
- Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million
- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million
- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $625.6 million
- Malaria: $691.0 million
- Tuberculosis: $236.0 million
- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100.0 million,
- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $60 million
- Department of State: $5.6419 billion
- HIV/AIDS: $5.6419 billion (includes $1.0 billion for the Global Fund)
Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.125 billion
- Health and Human Services (HHS) funding for global health:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- HIV/AIDS Research: $489.4 million
- Malaria Research: $110.2 million
- Global Fund: $300.0 million
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ($ total): $381.2 million
- Global AIDS Program: $118.0 million
- Global Immunization Program: $163.6 million
- Global Disease Detection & Emergency Response: $44.2 million
- Parasitic Diseases & Malaria: $19.6 million
- Malaria: $9.2 million
- Global Public Health Capacity Development: $35.8 million
- National Institutes of Health (NIH):
- Fogarty International: $71.3 million
- Area: Administration, Budget
- Information Type: Reports & Factsheets
- Organization/Initiative: GHI, PEPFAR, USAID, MCC, State Dept., White House, The Global Fund, PMI
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Women & Girls, Nutrition/Food Security, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Pandemic Influenza
Congressional letter to Appropriations Committees calls for “robust” funding of FY 2012 global health programs
Approximately 100 members of Congress signed a letter calling on the Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations in both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to support the Senate proposed funding level for FY 2012 global health programs.
In a speech titled “Creating an AIDS-Free Generation” given at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted three interventions guiding the U.S. government’s efforts to achieve the goal of an “AIDS-Free Generation”: prevention of mother-to-child transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision, and the use of antiretroviral drugs. Secretary Clinton also described three U.S. HIV/AIDS policy priorities: using scientifically proven results to inform U.S. policy, an increasing emphasis on country ownership, and “calling on other donor nations to do their part, including by supporting and strengthening the Global Fund.”
- Access a State Department fact sheet on “The Path to an AIDS-Free Generation.”
- Read a State Department DipNote blog post by the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby titled “An Inspiring Vision: Creating an AIDS-Free Generation.”
During a speech given at the Summit to Save Lives, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Partnership, a public-private partnership to combat cervical and breast cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Secretary Clinton also announced a $10 million U.S. commitment to the partnership, which is led by the George W. Bush Institute, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The partnership will “leverage the platform and resources of PEPFAR” to achieve the following goals outlined in a State Department fact sheet:
- “Reduce deaths from cervical cancer by an estimated 25% among women screened and treated through the initiative;”
- “Significantly increase access to breast and cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment; and”
- “Create innovative models that can be scaled up and used globally.”
In a blog post, U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) Executive Director Lois Quam discussed the role of the GHI in the new Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Partnership.
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced a $45 million, four year initiative “to examine the effectiveness of combination approaches to HIV prevention.”
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby will host the second meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The meeting will “include an update on PEPFAR-funded evaluations, discussion about policy related to the recent studies treatment for prevention, and recommendations to the Ambassador on the future direction of evaluation and research within PEPFAR.”
The meeting will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on September 14th and 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on September 15th at the House of Sweden Event Center, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC. Register for the event here.
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released its Seventh Annual Report to Congress detailing the FY 2010 program results in the areas of prevention, treatment, and care.