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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.

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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.

State Department and USAID release "National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security" implementation plans

The Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) each released an implementation plan for the “National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security,” which was issued by the White House in December 2011 and has a stated goal “to empower half the world’s population to act as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity.” Both implementation plans include provisions addressing health and gender-based violence.

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USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

Additional Information:

House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.