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President Obama discusses U.S. global health efforts and Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations General Assembly

In a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama summarized U.S. global health efforts and stated that the U.S. “will support the Millennium Development Goals, and approach next year’s summit with a global plan to make them a reality.”

President Obama discusses U.S. global health and food security strategies at Clinton Global Initiative

During a speech at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama summarized the U.S. global health strategy as “building on successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and working to end deaths from malaria and TB and to end polio.” The President stated that “these efforts will only be sustained if we improve the capacity of public health systems to deliver care, especially for mothers and children.” Finally, the President stated that new U.S. investments in food security would focus on sharing “new methods and technologies so that countries and communities can become more self-sufficient.”

President Obama announces new efforts to address polio globally and promote child and maternal health in Muslim communities

During a speech at Cairo University, President Obama announced “a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference to eradicate polio.” The President also stated that his administration would “expand partnerships with Muslim communities to promote child and maternal health.”

President Obama states commitment to end HIV travel ban; CDC issues federal notice proposing removal of HIV as a “communicable disease of public health significance”

In a speech at a reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month, President Obama stated that his “administration is committed to rescinding the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status.” Following, the CDC issued a federal notice proposing that HIV be removed from the list of communicable diseases that would prevent entry of foreign individuals into the United States, which will now be considered for public comment.

President Obama requests additional funding and authorities for pandemic flu response

In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, President Obama referred to the recent H1N1 flu outbreak and requested that an additional $2 billion be included in the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill in order “to enhance our Nation’s capability to respond to the potential spread of this outbreak.”

The President also requested that Congress grant him the authority to access existing funds for potential flu preparedness and response efforts including:

- Funds “totaling up to one percent of amounts appropriated in division A of Public Law 111-5” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act);

- “One percent of discretionary funds available to the Department of Health and Human Services in fiscal year 2009;” and

- “Funds appropriated under the heading ‘Biodefense Countermeasures’ in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108-90).”