Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks at the PEPFAR Faith Communities and HIV Technical Summit

Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Loy Henderson Auditorium Washington, DC November 27, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, good morning everyone. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you all to the State Department. It is wonderful, and I am proud that we have so many partners linking arms with us in the global fight …

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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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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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Genome Reveals Blood Pressure Markers in International Study

An international research consortium has identified 29 genetic variations that influence blood pressure, providing insight into blood pressure abnormalities that are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. This class of disease is the world’s largest killer, taking more than 17 million lives in 2008, according to the World Health Organization.

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Global Partnership Brings Vaccines to More Children, More Nations

The GAVI Alliance (formerly the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization) said the new vaccination campaign will provide funding to pay for vaccines in dozens more countries where they are not currently available. The vaccines will protect the children receiving them from two of the diseases with the highest fatality numbers in the developing world.

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U.S. and WHO Sign Agreement to Help Developing Countries Meet International Health Regulations

The U.S. Government and the WHO share a commitment to strengthen cooperation in the area of global health security to ensure that the international community effectively manages public health risks. Improving the ability of all nations to detect, report, and respond to infectious diseases quickly and accurately lies at the heart of the global community’s …

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United States Pledges Multi-Year Contribution to Reduce Immunization Cost; Save More Children’s Lives

Dr. Shah: “This multi-year commitment leverages the billions of dollars that other donors have committed to GAVI, multiplying the impact of our funding more than eight-fold. At a time when budgets around the world are being scrutinized, this partnership with donor and host country governments, civil society and private sector partners ensures our development dollars …

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US-Egypt Partnership Yields Progress in Health

The “Egypt Health Legacy Review” presented data that looked at a 32-year period of USAID assistance to Egypt’s health sector. Compiled by interviewing USAID employees and Egyptian government officials and reviewing program documents, the review looked at 10 health areas that demonstrated sustained, positive outcomes.

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World Health Organization Reform Agenda Must Address Budget Issue While Not Reducing WHO’s Impact

The United States strongly supports the Director-General’s leadership in promoting a comprehensive reform package for the organization. We believe the future of financing discussion has sparked an important discussion on the role of WHO at the center of global health and how to ensure the organization is best placed to respond to the challenges of …

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Secretary Sebelius to Lead U.S. Delegation to World Health Assembly

HHS spokesman Bill Hall said one U.S. priority for the assembly will be to engage in discussions with health leaders from other nations to exchange ideas on effective strategies against noncommunicable diseases. Other issues of importance for the United States include the debate surrounding smallpox virus retention or destruction and the issue of polio eradication.

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USAID Administrator Shah Commemorates World Health Day

“Today, April 7, the world commemorates World Health Day. This year’s theme focuses on combating the steadily growing public health threat posed by antimicrobial drug resistance — a growing problem with implications for both national and global security. Drug resistance also threatens to reverse global health gains by making currently available first-line medicines less effective.

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U.S., Russia Partner to Eradicate Polio Around the World

GENEVA – On January 27th, the U.S. government and the government of the Russian Federation, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation (MOHSD), signed a Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global …

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U.S. Mission Geneva Launches Poster Contest to mark World AIDS Day

December 1, 2010 is World AIDS Day. Through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the cornerstone of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), the U.S. Government is promoting the theme “Building on Success.” The theme reflects the idea that we have a shared responsibility to build on our success to make smart …

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International Partnership Awarded for Excellence in Supply Chain for HIV/AIDS Commodities

“USAID is proud to work with the Partnership for Supply Chain Management to help improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in countries most severely impacted by the epidemic,” said Susan Brems, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health at USAID. “We congratulate the Partnership on this most deserved honor and award.”

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Use of Generic Antiretroviral Drugs and Cost Savings in U.S. HIV Treatment Programs

A newly-released study in the July 21st issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) saved an estimated $323,343,256 from 2005 to 2008 through the use of generic antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). This significant cost savings contributed to PEPFAR’s ability to dramatically improve access …

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Ambassador Goosby to Lead U.S. Delegation to XVIII International AIDS Conference

From July 18 to 23, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, will lead the U.S. delegation to the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. The conference brings together an estimated 25,000 participants, including scientists, health care providers, political, community and business leaders, government, non-governmental and multilateral organization representatives, and people living with HIV/AIDS, …

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United States Reaffirms Its Commitment In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS

The United States remains the leader in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, funding more than a quarter of the international financing for the disease. President Obama has undertaken a comprehensive Global Health Initiative (GHI) to help partner countries improve the health of their people through an integrated approach that recognizes that PEPFAR is central to …

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World Health Assembly – Secretary Sebelius’ Remarks on the Global Health Initiative

This is a pivotal moment. The United States Government is committed to working with the world to achieve our shared global health objectives. There is also a growing understanding that we can’t achieve these goals unless we all work together. Today, none of us can afford to “go-it-alone.” That’s why I’m so pleased that so …

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PEPFAR launches increased commitment to scale up gender-based violence approaches

Recognizing the link between gender-based violence (GBV) and global HIV/AIDS, the United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has committed an additional $30 million to support three partner countries – Tanzania, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo – in scaling up GBV prevention and response efforts.

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Implementation of the U.S. Global Health Initiative

Through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) the United States will invest $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes through strengthened health systems – with a particular focus on improving the health of women, newborns and children through programs including infectious disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, and safe water.

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U.S. Government and the Global Fund Collaborate to Treat 3.7 Million Living with HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that the two programs are jointly supporting antiretroviral treatment for nearly 3.7 million of the estimated 4 million individuals in low- and middle-income countries who currently receive treatment globally.

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President Announces Plan to Expand Fight Against Global H1N1 Pandemic

Today, President Obama announced the United States will continue to act aggressively to stop the global spread of the pandemic 2009-H1N1 influenza virus and is prepared to make 10 percent of its H1N1 vaccine supply available to other countries through the World Health Organization (WHO). In recognition that diseases know no borders and that the …

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H1N1 – “Swine Flu” – CDC Updates Page

The United States Government has declared a public health emergency in the United States. CDC’s response goals are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to help health care providers, public health officials and the public address the challenges posed by this emergency. CDC is issuing and updating interim guidance daily in response …

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