President Obama announced a new Global Health Initiative and his request of Congress to approve $8.6 billion in FY 2010 and $63 billion over six years to support this effort. The President stated that the initiative will continue to support and build upon efforts to address AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis initiated by the previous administration, but it will also “do more to improve health systems around the world, focus our efforts on child and maternal health, and ensure that best practices drive the funding for these programs.”
In his weekly address, President Obama summarized recent U.S. government actions to address the H1N1 flu virus.
During the daily press briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs read a letter President Obama sent to the chairs of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees asking that $1.5 billion be added to the supplemental budget request for the purpose of “enhancing our nation’s capability to respond to the potential spread” of the H1N1 swine flu virus. The President’s letter states that the funds would be used for “supplementing antiviral stockpiles, developing a vaccine, supporting the monitoring, diagnostic and public health response capabilities, and assisting international efforts to stem this outbreak.”
President Obama nominated Eric Goosby for Ambassador at Large and Global AIDS Coordinator at the Department of State.
President Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, U.S. Malaria Coordinator Admiral Tim Ziemer, and NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. summarized and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to the fight against malaria in official statements observing World Malaria Day.
President Obama signs Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act creating the “Office of Volunteers for Prosperity” at USAID
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act provides legislative authorization for the Volunteers for Prosperity program (VfP). VfP was created in 2003 by Executive Order to promote the voluntary service of Americans abroad. VfP provides volunteers with stipends to cover travel and living expenses. The bill creates an “Office of Volunteers for Prosperity” (VfP) within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), establishes a set of program objectives addressing a range of health care challenges in developing countries, and authorizes $10 million for 2010.
President Obama submitted an FY 2009 supplemental appropriations request to Congress “totaling $83.4 billion to fund ongoing military, diplomatic, and intelligence operations.” The supplemental request included $7.1 billion for international affairs and $300 million for food assistance.
At a news conference summarizing the outcomes of the G20 summit in London, President Obama announced his intention to work with Congress “to double support for food safety to over $1 billion.”
President Obama nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).
President Obama appointed Jeffrey S. Crowley as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy.