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“End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” introduced in House

Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ, 4th) introduced the “End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act” (H.R. 4847), which would “facilitate effective research on and treatment of neglected tropical diseases through coordinated domestic and international efforts.” Among other things, the bill would expand the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)…

Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…

President signs “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013″ into law

President Obama signed the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013” (S.1545) into law (Public Law #113-56). The bill, which was originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

CRS releases report on international and U.S. response to 2014 Ebola outbreak

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “The 2014 Ebola Outbreak: International and U.S. Responses.” The report provides an overview of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its impact on health systems in affected countries, summarizes the international and U.S. response to the outbreak, and highlights possible…

President signs “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” into law

President Obama signed the “Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2014” (S. 1104) into law (Public Law #113-162). The law, which was originally introduced by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), directs the Secretary of State to provide an annual report to Congress “on the status of post-earthquake recovery and development efforts…

USAID releases “Ending Child Marriage and Serving the Needs of Married Children: The USAID Vision for Action”

In recognition of the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Ending Child Marriage and Serving the Needs of Married Children: The USAID Vision for Action.” According to a USAID press release, the Vision for Action “focuses on development efforts to combat…

USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced over $4.8 million “to fund programs in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Tanzania, and Yemen to end child, early, and forced marriage” and support implementation of “Ending Child Marriage & Meeting the Needs of Married Children: The USAID Vision for Action.”

Resolution in support of GAVI Alliance introduced in House

U.S. Representatives Betty McCollum (D-MN, 4th) and Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8th) introduced a resolution (H.Res.688) “[s]upporting the role of the United States in ensuring children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunization through the GAVI Alliance.” The resolution states, among other things, that the House of Representatives “affirms…

U.S. response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa – UPDATED

The information provided below lists the announcements, statements, and actions by the U.S. government to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. White House: White House blog post: “‘Citizens of the World': U.S. Health Care Workers on Why We’re Fighting Ebola at Its Source” (November 3, 2014) White House blog…