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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,…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

President signs full-year Continuing Resolution for FY13 into law

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

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…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY14 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 25), House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (April 24), and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (April 24). During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY 2014 budget request including…

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…

USAID releases “Health-Research Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Health-Related Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015” detailing the agency’s efforts to address global “health and development issues through technology development, research and evaluation, and introduction and scale-up of real world, evidence-based solutions.”

GAO releases report on USAID’s efforts to provide funding directly to local organizations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress.” The report examines the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Local Solutions initiative, a reform under USAID Forward that “aims to shift…