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President Obama announces new global HIV treatment and prevention goals; Administration statements and resources commemorating World AIDS Day

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President Barack Obama provided remarks at a World AIDS Day event hosted by ONE and (RED) at the George Washington University and issued a presidential proclamation to commemorate World AIDS Day.   During his remarks, President Obama announced new treatment and prevention goals of “providing anti-retroviral drugs to more than 1.5 million HIV-positive pregnant women over the next two years . . . [and] helping 6 million people get treatment by the end of 2013” – an increase of 2 million over the prior target, and called on countries to fulfill their commitments to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Additional Administration Statements and Resources Commemorating World AIDS Day:

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Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on World AIDS Day. Secretary Sebelius also announced the appointment of Nancy Mahon, Executive Director of the MAC AIDS Fund, as the Chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
  • Statement by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Office of AIDS Research Dr. Jack Whitescarver, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID):

U.S. Mission to the United Nations:

  • Statement from U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice.

Peace Corps:

  • Peace Corps statement commemorating World AIDS Day.

Department of Defense (DoD):

  • DoD statement titled “World AIDS Day Raises Awareness, Highlights Advances”.

Department of Labor (DoL):

  • DoL Secretary Hilda Solis’ statement titled “Forging Ahead on World AIDS Day”.
“White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2011″ introduced in Congress

Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL, 23rd) introduced the “White House Conference on Haiti Act of 2011” (H.R. 3711). The proposed bill establishes a “White House Conference on Haiti” that will, among other things, “identify gaps or duplication in the provision of humanitarian assistance . . . highlight innovative ideas for sustainable rebuilding and redevelopment in Haiti . . . [and] share best practices in development assistance in Haiti and in nations facing similar challenges.” Representative also issued a press release about the legislation.

MCC signs Compact with Indonesia during ASEAN and East Asia Summits

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Bali, Indonesia to attend the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.  During their visit, Secretary Clinton provided remarks at the signing of a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact with Indonesia that will focus on “adequate nutrition during the 1,000-day window from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday.”  Following a bilateral meeting with President Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Obama provided a statement that, among other things, highlights the $600 million MCC Compact with Indonesia. 

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Administration 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, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer released statements highlighting, among other things, the health impacts of gender-based violence and the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls.

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President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Secretary Sebelius discuss global health issues during UNGA

President Obama: During remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Barack Obama stated that “to stop disease that spreads across borders, we must strengthen our system of public health.”  President Obama also stated that the U.S. would continue its efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, would focus on the health of mothers and children, and highlighted the recent agreement between the U.S. and the World Health Organization (WHO) to assist developing nations in meeting the International Health Regulations (IHR). 

Secretary Clinton: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition highlighting U.S. efforts to improve nutrition through global partnerships such as the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the 1,000 Day Partnership.  Secretary Clinton also stated “the United States is firmly committed to our investments in global nutrition, and we believe fervently that improving nutrition for pregnant women and children under two is one of the smartest investments anyone can make.”  At an event prior to the High-Level Meeting titled “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” Secretary Clinton discussed the role of women in improving food security and announced “that the United States is allocating $5 million this year for a new gender program within Feed the Future [FtF].”

Secretary Sebelius: Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius provided remarks at a UNGA High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), stating the Obama Administration “has made chronic disease a focus in our research and global health programs” and highlighted two soon to be announced efforts aimed at promoting smoke-free workplaces and in support of tobacco cessation efforts.

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  • Read a White House fact sheet outlining, among other things, the U.S. commitment to “Global Health Security.” (September 20, 2011)

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White House releases fact sheet on titled "Global Health Security"

The White House released a fact sheet titled “Global Health Security,” which outlines efforts to address global health security through World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR), the National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats, and the Global Health Initiative (GHI). 

Statements and Resources from the Obama Administration on the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

In a statement commemorating the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, President Barack Obama described the U.S. commitment to combat HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), increased support for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI).  In remarks delivered during the High-Level Meeting, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Susan Rice, described PEPFAR’s commitments to combating HIV/AIDS through prevention of maternal-to-child transmission and highlighted the successes of the initiative.

The State Department released additional resources for the High-Level Meeting including a fact sheet and a press release describing the key elements of the global action plan to combat HIV and highlighting the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby’s announcement  of U.S. pledge to contribute an additional $75 million for preventing mother-to-child transmission.

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Ambassador Goosby summarizes First Lady Obama’s trip to Africa and U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS through PEPFAR

In a White House blog post, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to Africa including a visit with African youth where she highlighted “the importance of youth leadership in fighting HIV/AIDS”. Ambassador Goosby also summarized U.S. efforts to address HIV/AIDS globally through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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

During his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted U.S. efforts to improve global health stating that “[w]e’re helping developing countries to feed themselves, and continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS. And we are launching a new initiative that will give us the capacity to respond faster and more effectively to bioterrorism or an infectious disease.”