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Scientific Joint Working Group Meets
Scientific staff from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) co-chaired the annual U.S. – Russia Joint Working Group meeting in Moscow on July 18 and 19. At the meeting, presentations by the U.S. and Russian Principal Investigators were given on the progress of their collaborative projects sponsored by the first round of funding initiatives.

NIH and RFBR also approved new grants and collaborative projects between U.S. and Russian scientists in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention and research toward a cure for HIV/AIDS. In addition, discussions regarding the scientific focus of a third round of funding initiatives were held.

Based on the success of this bilateral collaboration, the leadership of the RFBR is very interested in developing a broad trans-NIH MOU for bilateral research with special emphasis on neurosciences, mental health, cancer, and bioimaging/bioengineering. The NIH-RFBR AIDS collaboration marks a significant accomplishment with far-reaching potential under the BPC’s Health Working Group.

Health Working Group Meets in GenevaDate: 05/21/2013 Description: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (on left) and Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova (on right) with their Health Working Group teams. © Department of Health and Human Services photo
The BPC’s Health Working Group met May 21 in Geneva, Switzerland during the annual meeting of the World Health Assembly.

The participants discussed and exchanged ideas for future cooperative activities in four areas: Non-Communicable Diseases and Healthy Lifestyles, Maternal and Child Health, Scientific Cooperation, and Global Health. They also reviewed progress made since the Working Group’s inaugural meeting on September 24, 2010 in Washington, D.C. and the second meeting on April 27, 2011 in Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius led the U.S. delegation. Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova led the Russia delegation.

Health and Food SafetyDate: 03/19/2013 Description: Sam Alcaine (L) presents on food safety issues to a group in the Urals. - State Dept Image
During March 19-22, Sam Alcaine, a microbiologist specializing in food safety and rapid detection of food-borne illness, shared his expertise with a variety of audiences, including children, in a week-long educational program on food safety standards in the United States. Mr. Alcaine visited cities including Yekaterinburg and Tyumen, emphasizing the link between ensuring food safety and overall health. Mr. Alcaine will also participate in a May conference in Yekaterinburg, which will include local schools and universities, as well as meetings with officials from Perm and Tyumen.


New Partnership Launches Study on Treatment of Drug Addiction in Leningrad Oblast
On August 21, an agreement was signed by the Leningrad Oblast AIDS Center, the Leningrad Oblast Narcological Center, and the American International Health Alliance to conduct a three-year study on the use of the drug Vivitrol in rehabilitation therapy for injection drug users (IDUs). Vivitrol is an injectable form of naltrexone, which, unlike methadone, has been approved by the Russian Government specifically for the treatment of opioid-dependent drug addiction. The new study will be the first to examine the effectiveness of Vivitrol therapy for IDUs as part of an integrated program of HIV/AIDS care, prevention and treatment.

U.S. and Russia Create First Combined Tobacco and Alcohol Prevention Program for Pregnant Women
On August 6, a new USAID-funded project to reduce tobacco and alcohol use among pregnant women and youth was launched at Russia’s Public Health Institute. Two leading U.S. experts, Professors Richard Windsor from Washington University and Tatyana Balashova from University of Oklahoma are playing key roles in the one-year project, which will train physicians in Tula, Tver and Tambov to counsel pregnant women on the dangers of alcohol and smoking during pregnancy. Among the 30 health facilities participating are women’s consultation centers, youth clinics, family planning centers and district hospitals. This project contributes directly to advancing two priority areas of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Health Working Group - maternal and child health and non-communicable diseases. It is also the first known project to simultaneously address both alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy. 

Fellows Program Furthers U.S.-Russia Collaboration in the Biomedical Sciences
The National Institutes of Health’s Visiting Fellows Program was announced on July 2. With the support of the U.S.-Russia Collaboration in the Biomedical Sciences, a public-private partnership of the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH), the Program will provide for joint U.S.-Russia collaboration in the Biomedical Sciences as well as NIH support of Russian postdoctoral fellows to prepare them for research careers on their return to Russia.

U.S. and Russia Sign Protocol of Intent on Malaria Control
Date: 06/27/2012 Description: Dr. Nils Daulaire and Deputy Minister of Health Kagramanyan sign a Protocol of Intent between the United States and Russia on cooperation in the global fight against malaria. © HHS photoUnder the auspices of the Health Working Group, a Protocol of Intent was signed on June 27 between the United States and Russia on cooperation in the global fight against malaria. The Protocol represents a commitment by both countries to work together to end preventable child deaths from malaria. The document was signed by Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Russian Deputy Minister of Health Igor Kagramanyan at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) High Level Meeting on Health and the Economy in St. Petersburg. Cooperation on malaria control will entail training and capacity building, evaluation, operational research, and collaboration with other partners on global malaria control in third countries, including APEC members and in Africa. The President’s Malaria Initiative, an interagency effort led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will coordinate efforts on behalf of the United States. For Russia, the Ministry of Health and the Martsinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine of the Moscow State Medical University will serve as coordinators.

Tuberculosis Focus of Visit to United States
During June 9-16, a group of 14 Russian tuberculosis experts from Ulyanovsk, Tambov, and Moscow traveled to the United States to attend a USAID-supported workshop at the office of Partners in Health in Boston. Participants learned how to better allocate tuberculosis funding to ensure effective treatment, both in-patient and out-patient. Separately, nine USAID grantees working in tuberculosis control gathered on June 5 at a meeting hosted by the University Research Company in Moscow to share updates on current projects, discuss existing challenges, and coordinate future activities.

Russian Lab Experts Travel to Maryland as part of Quality of Medicines Program
U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) sent a delegation of Roszdravnadzor (Russian Pharmaceutical Supervisory Agency, RZN) staff, made up of six heads of regional Roszdravnadzor laboratories, to Rockville, Maryland, to visit USP headquarters, the USP Reference Standards laboratory, and to learn more about USP’s work, June 25-29. This visit will contribute to the success of the USAID-funded Promoting the Quality of Medicines program.

FDA Training in Good Clinical Practice Begins in Moscow
On June 18, representatives of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started the last segment of a three-phase training program in Good Clinical Practice for 32 participants representing the RZN, its territorial bodies, and ethics committees of universities and medical schools. Acting RZN head Elena Tel’nova noted in her opening remarks that the trainings are conducted in accordance with the Letter of Intent between RZN and FDA signed in May 2010 and thanked her U.S. colleagues for sharing their knowledge and expertise with the Russian experts. She noted the recent meeting she and her colleagues had in Washington, D.C., on June 12 with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg and stated that there is great opportunity for future collaboration.

Top U.S. and Russian Maternal and Child Experts Connect at Moscow ConferenceDate: 05/21/2012 Description: Over 200 health specialists from five countries attended the final conference of USAID's Maternal and Child Health Initiative. © U.S. Embassy Moscow photo
During May 21-23, over 200 Russian and U.S. healthcare providers in the field of maternal and child health, NGOs, government health officials, and private medical organizations gathered at a conference to exchange expertise, discuss trends in healthcare, and present cutting-edge techniques for saving the lives of mothers and infants. Representatives from 26 Russian regions and three nearby countries participated in the conference. Ministry of Health officials and senior staff of the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology were among the Russian participants. USAID/Russia Mission Director Charles North delivered opening remarks, as did former president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Richard Waldman. The conference marked the completion of a four-year USAID-supported project in maternal and child health, under which two NGOs—John Snow and Russia’s Institute for Family Health—worked with both the Russian Government and regional healthcare providers to institutionalize the most modern and effective practices at the regional and national level. 

Discussions on the Health Working Group
On May 23, Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Global Health, met with Svetlana Alexrod of the Russian Ministry of Health’s Department of International Cooperation in Geneva, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly. The two discussed ongoing and future initiatives under the BPC Health Working Group, including plans for the signing of a U.S.-Russia Protocol of Intent on Malaria Cooperation, the final text of which is under review (see next item). Axelrod invited HHS to attend the June APEC meetings in St. Petersburg, which will feature a meeting of the APEC Health Working Group, a Life Sciences Innovation Forum, and a Forum on Women and the Economy. Axelrod expressed interest in sharing best practices on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and continuing collaboration on substance abuse work in Russia with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Axelrod also praised ongoing collaboration between the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Building on Polio Partnership, the United States and Russia Agree to Take on Malaria
In support of the Roll Back Malaria Initiative, the United States and Russia are moving forward on cooperation to end preventable child deaths from malaria, to reduce the burden of malaria during pregnancy, and to integrate worldwide strategies on global malaria control. Areas of collaboration include training and capacity building, evaluation, operational research, advocacy, and resource mobilization. The first technical exchange took place in mid-April in Moscow between Russia’s Ministry of Health and Social Development and a U.S. team of Dr. Bernard Nahlen, Deputy Coordinator of the President’s Malaria Initiative, and USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia Jonathan Hale. The two sides agreed on joint activities and draft language for a U.S.-Russia protocol on malaria cooperation. U.S.-Russia cooperation on malaria control builds on the partnership and joint activities under the U.S.-Russia Protocol of Intent for the global eradication of polio (signed January 2011) and fosters efforts to strengthen Russia’s donor capacity.

NIH and RFBR Finalize Results of HIV/AIDS Research Competition
In mid-May, representatives the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) and of a number of NIH Institutes met with a delegation from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) to finalize the results of the first-ever joint research competition on HIV/AIDS prevention science. During the meeting, RFBR Chairman Professor Vladislav Panchenko added his signature to that of Dr. Jack Whitescarver, OAR Director, on the joint document recommending funding of 13 collaborative projects between Russian and U.S. scientists that were selected through a bilateral peer review process; the selected scientists were notified on June 5 after approval from the RFBR board. The two sides conducted an in-depth discussion of the lessons learned during the first round of funding initiatives, and also discussed the scientific focus areas and details for a future round of funding initiatives.

CDC and Rospotrebnadzor Sign Protocol Outlining Areas of New Cooperation
Date: 04/24/2012 Description: Dr. Frieden and Dr. Onishchenko sign the Protocol of Intent.  - State Dept ImageOn April 24, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and Dr. Gennady Onishchenko, Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being (Rospotrebnadzor), signed a Protocol of Intent in Washington, D.C. Under the Protocol, the partners will collaborate on the prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases. During their meeting, U.S. and Russian officials discussed bilateral cooperation and public health challenges, especially combating tobacco use. In addition, they touched on topics of global health, including the push to eradicate polio globally and the development of targets for addressing non-communicable diseases, both of which will be on the agenda for the 2012 World Health Assembly. Dr. Onishchenko also traveled to CDC in Atlanta to discuss specific collaborative work under the Protocol with CDC experts and to visit the CDC’s Emergency Operations Center. 

United States and Russia Look to Expand Global Malaria Control Cooperation
In March, the United States and Russia exchanged letters of intent to cooperate to help end preventable child deaths from malaria, reduce the burden of malaria during pregnancy, and strengthen global malaria control. In support of national malaria control plans under the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), anticipated areas of joint collaboration include training and capacity building, evaluation, operational research, advocacy, and resource mobilization. The United States and Russia are also exploring joint participation or co-leadership in international and national forums such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the RBM, and regional or global health meetings. The first technical exchange took place in Moscow in April between the President’s Malaria Initiative (United States) and Russia’s Ministry of Health and Social Development working through the Martinovsky Institute of Medical Parasitology and Tropical Medicine. A bilateral protocol on malaria cooperation is currently under review with a possible signing at the RBM meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in May.

Health Conference Promotes Tobacco-Free Workplaces
GBCHealth hosted a Tobacco-Free Workspace conference in Moscow on April 19. The meeting brought together representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Development, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, industry from across the globe, and health-focused NGOs. Private-sector speakers shared their tobacco-free workplace policy implementation experiences, including the economic benefits resulting from such changes. Ministry representatives updated attendees on the status of draft tobacco control legislation, which is slated for Duma submission following Ministry of Justice review; the legislation is intended to bring Russia into World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control compliance. The outcome of the Conference was a draft resolution on supporting tobacco control legislation with a total smoking ban in enclosed public places and workplaces, which was supported by numerous industry leaders. In addition, Embassy representatives met with tobacco control advocates and discussed plans for possible future cooperation and advocacy though the Commission.

Private-Public Task Force on Health Convenes in Washington
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held a Public-Private Task Force meeting on U.S.-Russian Health Cooperation, March 22-23. U.S. Health and Human Services Director for Global Affairs and coordinator of the Health Working Group Dr. Nils Daulaire met via videoconference with Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development Director of Central Research Institute for Public Health, Dr. Vladimir Starodubov, to endorse the event. The two-day meeting brought together Health Working Group members and interested U.S. and Russian stakeholders to share challenges and best practices of current healthcare financing models in both countries. Professor Igor Sheyman, a guest speaker from Russian Higher School of Economics and a leading expert on healthcare financing, discussed health-care reform in Russia. He also underlined challenges Russia faces with implementing reforms, such as how to create competitive health insurance models but preserve social solidarity and contain health-care costs, overcome fragmentation in delivery of health care services, and implement efficient chronic disease management programs.

Text4baby Russia Launched
Text4baby, a new health information service which delivers via text messages on mobile phones to new and expectant moms, was officially launched on February 20. Text4baby began in the United States as a way to deliver critical health messages to mothers in underserved communities. The initiative is a public-private partnership developed under the auspices of the BPC Working Group on Health. Johnson & Johnson, experts from the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology, and the Health and Development Foundation have all contributed to the project. Ms. Donna Norton, wife of U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, noted at the launch, “It is essential to have programs like Text4baby, which use modern technology to provide women with information they need, when they need it, to live healthier lives.” Also in attendance was Russian tennis star Anastasia Myskina, who is a spokeswoman for the initiative. 


New Agreement Sustains U.S.-Russian Cooperation in Maternal and Child Health
Date: 2011 Description: AAP President Dr. Marion Burton and Kulakov Center Director Gennady Sukhikh ink the new agreement. © U.S. Embassy MoscowThe President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Marion Burton, and the Director of the Kulakov Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology, Gennady Sukhikh signed a new agreement on cooperation in maternal and child health. This agreement builds on several years of cooperation between the two organizations, a relationship which has been strengthened by support from USAID programs such as the Improving Care for Mothers and Babies (2008-2010). Both sides will continue to advance the health and welfare of children and families through joint activities such as trainings, research projects, and medical conferences. 

U.S. and Russian Health Working Group Representatives Work with Civil Society
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and the Ministry of Health and Social Development (MOHSD) participated in a meeting hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Moscow on November 15. At the meeting, the Carnegie-organized Public-Private Task Force on Health presented draft recommendations for bilateral collaboration in the areas of healthy lifestyles and prevention issues, strategic resource allocation, regulatory harmonization, and scientific research including technology transfer.

Health Working Group Coordinators Meet in Moscow
BPC Health Working Group co-coordinator Dr. Nils Daulaire met with his Russian counterpart, MOHSD Deputy Minister Veronika Skvortsova, on the margins of the U.S.-Russia Scientific Forum on November 16. Dr. Daulaire conveyed HHS’s interest in joint work on tobacco control under the Healthy Lifestyles Subgroup, and recommended support for a World Health Organization (WHO) program on surveillance for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, for which NIH National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is providing technical assistance. He also encouraged exchange visits of MOHSD staff. The next day, Dr. Daulaire met with Oleg Chestnov, Deputy Director of the MOHSD International Department and Russian co-chair of the Global Health Subgroup. Their discussion included WHO reform, global malaria eradication, APEC, cooperation on tobacco control, and MOHSD support of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders surveillance.

NIH Staff Teach Clinical Research Course
National Institutes of Health (NIH) representatives conducted a “Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” course in Moscow, November 14-18. With more than 200 participants, the course was sponsored by a public-private partnership under the auspices of the Foundation for the NIH and took place at the Russian Kulakov Research Center for Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Perinatology. Scientists and researchers from the NIH Clinical Center and other NIH components taught on the ethical principles of clinical research, biostatistics, and research in patients with rare diseases, tuberculosis, and alcohol abuse. The clinical research course mirrored the “train the trainee” model successfully implemented in other countries; attendees are expected to convey acquired knowledge to their colleagues at medical institutions across Russia, making use of materials available online.

U.S. and Russian Researchers Hold Joint Forum on Medical Sciences
The Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) hosted the First Annual U.S.-Russia Scientific Forum, November 16-18. More than 150 U.S. and Russian researchers, representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Development (MOHSD), and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (RAMS) participated. A number of private companies that also took part (including Eli Lilly, Genzyme, Amway, and Abbott) had supported the Forum events through the Foundation for the NIH. Organizers and participants were drawn from several institutes and centers of the NIH, RAS, RAMS, and numerous other academic, clinical, and research institutions in the United States and Russia, such as Skolkovo. Forum sessions focused on research and collaboration potential in the categories of infectious diseases, healthy lifestyles, cancer, rare diseases, and human development. A corresponding session on brain sciences was conducted at the NIH on November 17. At the Forum’s conclusion, a panel discussion entitled “From Bench to Bedside” explored the many factors that shape the process of medical research and development. Organizers encouraged participants to be proactive in pursuing new U.S.-Russia partnerships.

Tuberculosis the Focus of International Workshop
Moscow’s International Science and Technology Center hosted an international workshop titled “Pediatric Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis: Emerging Global Challenge,” November 14-15. Supported by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Petersburg Dialog, Smolensk oblast administration, and the Smolensk Medical Academy, the workshop brought together experts from the United States, Russia, WHO, former CIS countries, and elsewhere. After focusing on several aspects of Tuberculosis research and prevention, the meeting concluded with the presentation of a report entitled “The New Profile of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Russia,” which was the result of a workshop held in Moscow in May 2010 with support from the U.S. Institute of Medicine and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.

Tobacco a Focus of Multilateral and Bilateral Discussions
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius led a delegation to participate in the United Nations’ High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases in New York. Among other priorities, HHS used the opportunity to expand international cooperation on tobacco control and cessation initiatives, particularly through a text messaging program called Quit-Now-Text and a Clinton Global Initiative program to create completely tobacco-free workplaces. Click here for her remarks of September 19. In a related U.N. event, Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development (MOHSD) Deputy Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova noted a six-fold increase in health care funding over the past decade, and highlighted GOR programs designed to curb smoking and drinking and to encourage healthy lifestyles. Discussions of bilateral cooperation on tobacco control with the MOHSD were continued during a visit of HHS staff to Moscow in October.

Update: U.S.-Russia Joint Grant Competition for HIV/AIDS Research
The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research launched a joint grant competition on HIV/AIDS prevention science on October 3. It will cover several areas: fundamental research, vaccine development, and social and behavioral science. Joint U.S.-Russian research teams will work on projects over a year, starting in the middle of 2012. The U.S. will allocate over $2 million for the program, while Russia will contribute $200,000. Please click here to see the competition’s announcement.

U.S. Officials Participate in Millennium Development Goal Events in Moscow
U.S. Global Aids Coordinator Eric Goosby participated in Russia’s “MDG-6 International Forum” (HIV/AIDS), which took place October 10-11. He was part of a panel discussion that focused on the eradication of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases among women and girls in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Meanwhile, USAID Assistant Administrator Paige Alexander and NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Development Associate Director Dr. William Martin participated in Russia’s “MDG-4-5 International Fora” (Maternal and Child Health) which took place October 10-12.

Bilateral Tuberculosis Workshop Results in Joint Report
The Washington-based Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences have prepared a joint report titled “The New Profile of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Russia: A Global and Local Perspective.” The report is based on a U.S.-Russia workshop held in Moscow in May 2010, which was attended by a large number of medical and health policy experts from the public and private sectors in both countries. The 2010 workshop and resulting joint report fulfill a goal set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Russian Ministry of Health and Social Development in a July 2009 memorandum of understanding. The report is available in paperback and electronic formats through the IOM website.

Russia and United States to Fund New HIV/AIDS Research
The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) signed an implementation plan with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on August 18 formalizing its commitment to jointly fund an unprecedented HIV/AIDS research competition. The publication day for the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the grant’s competition could be as early as October 1, 2011.

Anti-Smoking Forum Held in the Urals
Yekaterinburg hosted the Third All-Russian “Health or Tobacco” Forum May 26 to 27, jointly organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Cancer Institute, and the American-Russian Cancer Alliance. Participants included Joe Hartford, Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute, who spoke about the role of health care professionals in helping the public stop smoking. The forum drew an array of state and public leaders from across Russia, who presented smoking reduction programs from their regions.

Joint U.S.-Russia Monitoring of Polio Immunization Campaigns
From May 23 to 27, experts from the U.S. and Russia spent a week in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan monitoring and observing national polio immunization campaigns. Read more»

Cooperation, Research and Reform in Healthcare
Date: 04/27/2011 Description: Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius and Deputy Minister of Health Skvortsova head their respective delegations at the Health Working Group meeting. © U.S. Embassy Moscow ImageOn April 27, Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius and Deputy Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova chaired a meeting of the Health Working Group. Discussions focused on biomedical research cooperation, health care reform, and the challenges and successes in fighting non-communicable diseases. Read more»

Preparation for the 2011 Health Science Forum
Date: 04/25/2011 Description: Roger Glass and Academician Grigoriev sign the MOU on biomedical research. © U.S. Embassy Moscow ImageSenior Officials from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Russian Academy of Sciences met in Moscow April 25-26 to begin planning for a November 2011 meeting of the Health Science Forum, a public-private partnership in healthcare and biomedical research. Read more»

Agreements Deepening U.S.-Russia Coordination on Health Issues
President Obama and President Medvedev highlighted the recent progress made in U.S.-Russia Health cooperation, citing the recently concluded Joint Protocol of Intent on Global Polio Eradication and the subsequent polio immunization and monitoring missions carried out in Central Asia. The two Presidents also underscored the importance of the recently signed Memorandums of Understanding furthering cooperation in fields of vital importance to the U.S. and Russia, including Biomedical Research and HIV/AIDS Research. View the documents in their entirety.

Tuberculosis Surveillance Meeting
From April 18-19 an expert group on International Circumpolar Tuberculosis Surveillance met in Khanty-Mansiysk to develop a cooperative tuberculosis surveillance and recording system. Discussion focused on determining the amount and types of data to be collected, as well as working out the reporting responsibilities of specific regions. Participants included two US representatives from the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage, officials from Canada’s Public Health Agency, and several officials and experts from Russian regions and health agencies.

Russia's First Reproductive Health Survey
Officials from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met with Russian counterparts March 20-25 to prepare for Russia’s first Reproductive Health Survey scheduled to begin later this year. With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CDC is working with officials from the Russian State Statistics agency, Rosstat, to develop, implement, and analyze this ambitious survey that will provide high quality, population-based data about reproductive health indicators. The results of the national survey are expected before the end of 2011.

Text4Baby Russia Established
Date: 03/10/2011 Description: Dr. Jill Biden and Dr. Gennadii Sukhikh, Director of the Kulakov Center, shake hands
at the announcement ceremony of Text4baby Russia. © U.S. Embassy Moscow photoOn March 10, the Health and Development Foundation, one of Russia’s leading health sector civil society organizations, announced the creation of a new partnership to establish Text4baby Russia. Read more»

U.S. and Russian Officials Agree to Enhanced Research Cooperation
On March 10, the Russian Foundation of Basic Research (RFBR) Chairman Vladislav Panchenko signed a first of its kind Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). Read more»

U.S. and Russia Sign Protocol of Intent on Polio EradicationDate: 01/27/2011 Description: USAID Administrator Shah and Russian Deputy Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova shake hands after signing a Protocol of Intent that will deepen cooperation between the countries to eradicate polio. © U.S. Mission to Geneva photo
On January 27th in Geneva, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs Dr. Nils Daulaire, and Russian Federation Deputy Minister of Health (MOHSD) Veronica Skvortsova met in Geneva, Switzerland, on the margins of the Maternal and Child Health Commission Meeting and the 128th WHO Executive Board Meeting, and signed a Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global Eradication of Polio. Read more» Watch Administrator Shah’s comments»

Russian Health Delegation Discusses AIDS/HIV and Substance Abuse with U.S. Specialists
A delegation of seven senior Russian Government HIV experts and policy makers, including representatives from the Russian Duma and the Federal AIDS Center, visited the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute and various HIV/AIDS and substance abuse programs to discuss state and local level management and integration of HIV services. Read more»

CSIS Holds Conference on U.S.-Russia Health Cooperation
Health and Human Services Director for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Russia Daniel Russell participated in a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)-sponsored conference on U.S.-Russia health cooperation in Washington, DC. Former U.S. Senator William Frist and several Russian officials and NGO representatives also attended. The conference discussed promoting healthy lifestyles, health sector reform, and other issues. Listen to Deputy Assistant Dan Russell’s remarks»


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Hosts First Meeting of U.S.-Russia Health Working Group
Date: 09/2010 Description: Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius (center left) and Deputy Minister of Health Skvortsova discuss health cooperation at the Health Working Group meeting in September 2010. © Photo courtesy of Chris Smith, HHSSeptember 24, 2010 — Secretary Sebelius met with Dr. Veronika Skvortsova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, to discuss bilateral collaboration within the Health Working Group established under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. The members of the Working Group identified a number of areas where the United States and Russia can work together to improve the health of their populations and of people around the world. In particular, they outlined cooperation on fighting addressing non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyles, and including polio eradication and promoting healthy lifestyles,. They also discussed the use of mobile technology to support maternal and new-born health, and increasing joint biomedical and basic research.

 The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and Eli Lilly Partner for Expanded U.S.- Russia Health Research
September 23, 2010 — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and Eli Lilly and Company have launched the U.S.-Russia Forum in Health Sciences to encourage collaboration on shared priorities in health related research. The U.S.-Russia Forum was established through the Foundation for NIH, with the Fogarty International Center and Clinical Center as the lead NIH participants. On September 24, Eli Lilly announced it would provide $1,265 million as the founding private sector partner. The objective of this public-private partnership is to strengthen collaboration on activities related to disease control, treatment and prevention, clinical and translational research, manufacturing practices and regulatory science, and emerging technologies in the field of health care. Read More»

Health Working Group Activities
Date: 04/2010 Location: New York Description: U.S.-Russia expert exchange in New York on substance abuse and healthy lifestyles, April 2010. © U.S. Embassy Moscow photoU.S.-Russia expert exchange in New York on substance abuse and healthy lifestyles. Photos»


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