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Secretary Kerry discusses funding of U.S. diplomatic and development efforts

In a speech given at the University of Virginia, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. diplomatic and development efforts and the need to maintain budgetary support for these programs. Among other things, Secretary Kerry highlighted existing U.S. initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),…

USAID releases report on childhood blindness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness,” which “provides information on the current status of child blindness around the world and the work of essential U.S. government humanitarian and development assistance programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in addressing…

President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts in State of the Union Address

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined U.S. efforts to address global poverty over the next two decades by, among other things, “empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve, and helping communities to feed, and power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s…

CRS releases report on donor coordination of development assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance.” According to the introduction, the “report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), discusses coordination goals established by donors at international development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. policy and…

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…

USAID releases water and development strategy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “USAID Water and Development Strategy: 2013-2018”, which details the agency’s approach to addressing water related development issues. The strategy outlines specific objectives to achieve the goal of “sav[ing] lives and advanc[ing] development through improvements in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)…

21st Century Global Health Technology Act introduced in House

Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ, 8th) introduced the “21st Century Global Health Technology Act” (H.R. 1515), which would, among other things, recognize and codify existing research and development efforts at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) by authorizing a health technology program aimed at developing technologies to “improve the health…

USAID releases fact sheet on Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a fact sheet on the Emerging Pandemic Threat (EPT) program, which aims to strengthen “capacities in developing countries to prevent, detect, and control infectious diseases in animals and people with an emphasis on early identification of, and response to, dangerous pathogens from animals before…

Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes,…

House & Senate pass full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13

The House and Senate passed the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013” (H.R. 933) providing funding for the government for the remainder of the 2013 Fiscal Year. The legislation specifies funding levels for some, but not all, global health programs at the State Department and United States Agency for…