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Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…

USAID releases report on women’s equality and empowerment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new report titled, “Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000.” According to a USAID press release, the report “evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.”

GAO releases report on prepositioning of U.S. international food aid

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed,” which examines the effect of prepositioning U.S. international food aid in areas with historically high need on delivery time and costs.…

USAID releases 2013 Health-Related Research Report to Congress

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its 2013 research-related report to Congress. Titled “Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report: An Update of the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy,” the report “provides an update, broken down by health area, on the agency’s work under its multi-year strategy for health-related research…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed by voice vote the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other…

U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…

Secretary Kerry releases statement commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) saying, among other things, that “[t]he United States is committed to stemming the tide of this gross injustice and to improving healthcare for women and children suffering from…

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,…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013″

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013” (S. 1271). Introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and passed by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the bill would, among other things, establish guidelines for the…

USAID releases draft Nutrition Strategy seeking public comment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release and requested public comment on a draft agency-wide Nutrition Strategy. According to the announcement, the strategy, which would establish the guiding principles, conceptual framework, and key deliverables, will serve as a “benchmark towards the development of a broader U.S. Government…