U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah Birx

Special Briefing Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Washington, DC November 30, 2017 MS NAUERT: Hi, everyone. Good afternoon. Hope you’re all having a good day. Many of you may have received a notice from us earlier today about World AIDS Day, and tomorrow is World ...
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Enhancing the Ability of Individuals in Recovery to Fight Addiction, in the U.S. and Abroad

INL convened an Expert Working Group that included U.S. and international experts in substance use recovery, including from the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United Nations, the Colombo Plan, the Organization of American States, and civil society organizations.
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U.S. Welcomes Report to Human Rights Council on Mental Health and Behavioral Well-Being

Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health on Right to Health As Delivered by Gregory Staff Tuesday, June 6, 2017 U.S. Statement   Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  The United States thanks Mr. Dainius Pūras for his report. The ...
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership to Advance the GHS Agenda: 55 countries show concrete commitment to prevent, detect, and respond

The GHSA is a signature global health and national security priority for President Obama. It was launched in 2014 – before the first cases of Ebola in West Africa came to light – due to leadership of the United States and partners from every region of the world. In only three years, the GHSA has ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto at the 2016 PEPFAR Annual Meeting in Durban

If we are to truly get on the fast track to ending the AIDS epidemic, we need to surround vulnerable populations – in particular adolescent girls and young women – with comprehensive support and services in every aspect of their lives. Time and again, research and experience have shown that holistic, multi-sectoral responses lead to ...
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Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on the 35th Anniversary of the First Reported Cases of AIDS

Thirty-five years ago, this Sunday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. One year later, the CDC used the term “AIDS” to describe this condition for the first time. The ...
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HHS Secretary Burwell Remarks at World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell World Health Assembly Ministerial Panel on Dementia Geneva, Switzerland May 23, 2016 “We welcome any opportunity to collaborate on innovative care and services models and we will continue to support international efforts to fight dementia through the work of the G7 and WHO.” AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY Introduction I want ...
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Statement From Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., on World Tuberculosis Day 2016

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, we can commit to ending TB by rapidly adopting the 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline on When to Start Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV, more commonly known as “Test and START,” and strengthening partnerships among countries, multilateral organizations, and civil society.
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Ambassador Hamamoto’s Remarks at WHA Side Event on Adolescent Girls’ Health: Approaches to Ensuring the Future She Deserves

Adolescent health, and in particular that of girls, is an issue that is close to my heart as one of my priorities is to consistently highlight the female dimension in the global challenges we face. This was one of the key drivers behind the U.S. Mission’s new initiative – The Future She Deserves – which ...
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U.S. Agency Expands Efforts Against Ebola in West Africa

08 August 2014 Washington — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is rapidly increasing its efforts to curb the expanding West African Ebola outbreak and deploying staff to four African nations currently affected: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. CDC’s 24/7 mission is to prevent, detect and stop disease outbreaks wherever they ...
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PEPFAR Countries, U.S. Working Toward AIDS-Free Generation

Our agencies opened a new collaborative chapter by signing a memorandum of agreement to advance the sustainability of PEPFAR programs. This agreement launches a three-year partnership between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which manages PEPFAR, that will tap into what we each do best.
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U.S., Partners Save Lives in TB Battle

The lives of 20 million people have been saved in recent years because the United States and other governments have scaled up their campaign against tuberculosis (TB), working to overcome one of the world's most deadly diseases, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) says.
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U.S. Mission hosts Roundtable on NCD Targets and Indicators

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the U.S. Mission and the Mission of Panama co-hosted a roundtable discussion on the development of targets and indicators for the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). U.S. Ambassador Betty E. King delivered opening remarks pointing out that the U.S. is “strongly committed to raising profile of ...
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Public-Private Partnership Announces Immediate 40 Percent Cost Reduction for Rapid TB Test

Today, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of a new, highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) in 145 high-burden and developing countries.
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World Population Day Supports Families

July 11 is World Population Day, an annual event aiming to raise awareness of global population issues. Established in 1989 by the United Nations, it was inspired by public interest in the Day of 5 Billion on July 11, 1987, approximately the date on which the world’s population reached 5 billion people.
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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Addresses 65th World Health Assembly

Our coordinated efforts make it possible to successfully address shared public health challenges. From increasing prevention of diseases such as polio and heart disease, to conducting lifesaving research, to strengthening our humanitarian response and protection of vulnerable and marginalized populations, all of our efforts are enhanced through our partnership in this body.
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Online Gamers Join Battle Against Malaria

Improving malaria diagnosis in the developing world may get some help from an unlikely source. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have developed a computer game that could use the power of online crowdsourcing to identify the parasites that cause malaria, one of the greatest killers of Africa’s children.
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Heart Disease Is World Killer; Obama Urges Heart Health

By Charlene Porter IIP Staff Writer Washington, February 2,  2012   Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the greatest single global killer, the cause of 30 percent of all deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Members of the U.N. General Assembly in 2011 resolved to emphasize public awareness of this health risk in their ...
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