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Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) deliver remarks on global health during Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing titled “Building on Success: New Directions in Global Health” and heard testimony from former President Bill Clinton, Chairman, William J. Clinton Foundation, and Bill Gates, Co-Chair Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. During their opening remarks, Senators Kerry and Lugar discussed, among other things, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), efforts to improve coordination among U.S. Government agencies involved in global health, the importance of investing in agriculture and food security, and the effects of climate change on global health.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

During remarks at the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted, among other things, the Administration’s efforts to improve the health of women and girls as a cornerstone of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Food Security Initiative, efforts by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address HIV in women, and plans to improve women’s access to healthcare in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies before Congress on the FY 2011 Budget Request

The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Rajiv Shah, testified before two congressional committees (see Additional Information) on the USAID FY 2011 budget request and included remarks on the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Other related topics addressed by Administrator Shah included the status of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and the Presidential Study Directive (PSD), increasing capacity at USAID, food security, and ongoing efforts in Haiti.

Administration statements in observance of International Women’s Day

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, released statements commemorating International Women’s Day.

Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew discusses U.S. global health policy at release of CSIS report on Smart Global Health Policy

Deputy Secretary of State Jacob “Jack” Lew delivered remarks on U.S. global health policy at the release of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Smart Global Health Policy’s final report. During his speech, Deputy Secretary Lew summarized the reasons why “the Obama Administration has made global health a central priority of U.S. foreign policy” and outlined the objectives of the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI).

NIH announces partnership with PEPFAR to strengthen medical education in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), in collaboration with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), announced a new program to strengthen medical education and increase the number of health care workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program, which is called the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, is a joint effort with The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD).

USG officials testify before the House International Affairs Committee on U.S. policy in Africa

Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, United States Department of State, and Earl Gast, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided testimony before the House Committee on International Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, in a hearing titled “An Overview of U.S. Policy in Africa.” Among other things, their testimonies included discussion of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Administration’s new Feed the Future Initiative.

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.