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President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Sebelius discuss global health issues during UNGA

President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.”  President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR). 

Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership.  Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.”  At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”

Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.

Additional Information:

White House

  • Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)

State Department


USAID Global Water Coordinator discusses USAID's water, sanitation, and hygiene programs

During remarks titled “Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Programming,” given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes outlined global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges and highlighted, among other things, U.S. efforts to address these challenges through programs under the Water for the Poor Act (WfP), Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).  Global Water Coordinator Holmes also stated that USAID’s WASH programs would increasingly emphasize the areas of behavior change, sanitation and market development, sustainability, women and girls, and integration with Humanitarian Assistance efforts.

H.R. 2144 – 21st Century Global Health Technology Act

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 13th) introduced the bill, H.R. 2144 – 21st Century Global Health Technology Act.  The proposed bill would codify the “Health Technology Program” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and direct the program to “develop, advance, and introduce affordable, available, and appropriate and primarily late-stage technologies specifically designed to: (a) improve the health and nutrition of populations in developing countries; (b) reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality in such countries; and (c) improve the diagnosis, prevention, and reduction of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, in such countries.” The bill requires that the USAID Administrator provide an annual report to Congress on the progress of the program.

Additional Information:

  • Access Representative Sires’ press release about the bill. 
U.S. announces $12 million commitment for aflatoxin control in Africa

During the 10th annual Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Zambia, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative announced that the U.S. would commit $12 million in funding for aflatoxin control. According to the USAID press release announcing the commitment, aflatoxin “is a highly poisonous cancer-causing toxin [commonly referred to as "killer maize"] produced by a fungus, which, according to the United Nations, affects 25 percent of the world’s agricultural production.”

Administrator Shah discusses Feed the Future at the International Food Aid and Development Conference

In a speech given at the International Food Aid and Development Conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah summarized U.S. efforts to address food security issues through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative. Administrator Shah also highlighted U.S. efforts to integrate food aid with nutritional goals through programs such as the 1,000 Days Initiative, as well as efforts to improve the monitoring and evaluation of USAID’s food security programs.

U.S.-E.U. release joint statement on development assistance

The U.S. and the European Union (E.U.) released a joint statement following the “U.S.-E.U. High Level Consultative Group Meeting” summarizing efforts to cooperate and collaborate on development assistance including, among other things, the establishment of a task force aimed at identifying areas of joint work in global health under the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the E.U.’s policy on Global Health.

Senator Kerry introduces Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2012-13

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) introduced the bill, S. 1426 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013.  The proposed bill authorizes funding for as well as key programs and initiatives at the Department of State for FY 2012 and FY 2013.  Among other things, the bill would require the Administration to submit a report to Congress assessing “the state of implementation and early impact of the Global Health Initiative [GHI] on how the United States approaches global health,” establish the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and establish the Office of Global Women’s Issues and the Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State.