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USAID releases new Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy

During a White House event, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the Agency’s new “Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy” (CTIP). The new policy outlines the guiding principles and program objectives for USAID’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons.

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White House releases FY 2013 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2013 budget request, which included funding for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health activities.  Overall, funding for the GHI is down in the FY 2013 request, with most of the reduction coming from HIV/AIDS bilateral amounts.  Most other areas saw decreases as well, except for family planning and funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and GAVI, which increased.

Area

FY12 Estimate (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

Difference: FY13 – FY12 (millions)

The Global Health Initiative (GHI)

Total GHI

$8,827.6

$8,524.4

$-303.2
 (-3.4%)

     of which PEPFAR

$6,632.3

$6,418.0

$-214.3
 (-3.2%)

           of which HIV*

$5,082.4

$4,536.0

$-546.4
 (-10.8%)

           of which TB

$249.8

$232.0

$-17.8
 (-7.1%)

           of which Global Fund

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)


*Total USG bilateral funding for HIV/AIDS programs.

Area

Part of the GHI

FY12 Estimate (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

Difference: FY13 – FY12 (millions)

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

HIV

X

$350.0

$330.0

$-20
 (-5.7%)

Tuberculosis

X

$249.8

$232.0

$-17.8
 (-7.1%)

       GHP account

X

$236.0

$224.0

$-12
 (-5.1%)

       Other accounts

X

$13.8

$8.0

$-5.8
 (-42.2%)

Malaria

X

$650.0

$619.0

$-31
 (-4.8%)

MCH

X

$605.6

$578.0

$-27.6
 (-4.5%)

       of which GAVI

X

$130.0

$145.0

$15
 (11.5%)

Nutrition

X

$95.0

$90.0

$-5
 (-5.3%)

FP/RH

X

$524.0

$530.0

$6
 (1.2%)

NTDs

X

$89.0

$67.0

$-22
 (-24.7%)

Vulnerable Children

X

$17.5

$13.0

$-4.5
 (-25.7%)

Pandemic Influenza

X

$58.0

$53.0

$-5
 (-8.6%)

State Department

HIV

X

$4,242.9

$3,700.0

$-542.9
 (-12.8%)

Global Fund

X

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)

UNFPA

 

$35.0

$39.0

$4
 (11.4%)

National Institutes for Health (NIH)

HIV

X

$364.5

$388.9

$24.4
 (6.7%)

Malaria

X

$147.0

$147.0

$0
 (0%)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

HIV

X

$117.1

$117.2

$0
 (0%)

Malaria

X

$9.3

$9.4

$0.1
 (1.1%)

Department of Defense (DoD)

HIV

X

$8.0

$0.0

$-8
 (-100%)

Malaria

X

$0.0

$0.0

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President Obama signs Executive Order establishing the President’s Global Development Council

President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s Global Development Council.  According to a White House fact sheet, the Council will be administered by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and “will inform and provide advice to the President and other senior U.S. officials on U.S. global development policies and practices, support new and existing public-private partnerships, and increase awareness and action in support of development by soliciting public input on current and emerging issues in the field of global development.”

Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day

The White House released a statement from President Obama commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1, 2012). Additionally, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation recommitting the U.S. “to preventing the spread of this disease, fighting the stigma associated with infection, and ending this pandemic once and for all,” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced…

President Obama announces partnership with Burma; includes health components

During the a trip to Burma, President Obama announced a new U.S.-Burma partnership that will, among other things, address health issues including: maternal and child health, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

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Administration actions and statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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Administration releases global strategy on gender-based violence and President Obama issues Executive Order directing implementation of the Strategy

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.”  According to a State Department press release, the Strategy “outlines four key objectives: increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. Government agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing U.S. Government work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand U.S. Government programming that addresses gender-based violence.” 

President Obama issued an Executive Order on “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally,” to enhance the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV).  According to a White House fact sheet, the Strategy creates an interagency working group co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and directs the interagency working group to implement the Strategy.

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Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, and Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero released statements commemorating International Women’s Day.  The White House, State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) highlighted the day with multiple blog postings and other resources.

Statements

  • President Obama’s statement.
  • Secretary Clinton’s statement.
  • Ambassador-at-Large Verveer’s statement.
  • Remarks by Under Secretary Otero’s given at the Global Health and Diplomacy International Women’s Day Luncheon.

White House

State Department

  • State Department Fact Sheet titled “Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls: A Cornerstone of U.S. Foreign Policy”

USAID

MCC

Peace Corps

President Obama highlights U.S.-UK commitments to maternal and child health and the Global Fund

During a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama highlighted, among other things, U.S.-UK commitments to improve maternal and child health and support the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund).

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Administration announces new initiative to address gender-based violence as part of global HIV response

During a White House event, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby announced a new initiative to respond to gender-based violence (GBV) as part of the U.S. global HIV response. With $4.65 million in funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the initiative will provide small grants to grassroots organizations in support of “programs that prevent and respond to GBV, with a link to HIV prevention, treatment and care.”

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