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Office of Global Health Diplomacy


The Office of Global Health Diplomacy (S/GHD) guides diplomatic efforts to advance the United States' global health mission to improve and save lives and foster sustainability through a shared global responsibility. In doing so, S/GHD focuses on providing diplomatic support in implementing the Global Health Initiative’s principles and goals. More»


Date: 2014 Description: World Population Day 2014 © USAID Image

World Population Day 2014

Every year on July 11, the U.S. celebrates World Population Day – a day to draw attention to “Investing to Youth.” In a statement by Secretary Kerry to celebrate 2014 World Population Day, he reaffirms the progress we have made over the past 20 years, especially in reducing maternal and child mortality, and emphasizes that it is the young people of today that will set the course of global health and population growth for many years to come.


 

Ambassador Rowe Retires After 30 Years of Distinguished Service

Ambassador Leslie V. Rowe, who returned to the Department to guide the launch of the Secretary’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy (S/GHD) after a distinguished career capped by service as the United States Ambassador to Mozambique, retired effective June 30, 2014. Deputy S/GHD Director Elizabeth Jordan will serve as the Acting Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy during the search for a successor to Ambassador Rowe.

During the 18 months of her tenure, Ambassador Rowe led a small but dedicated team of Foreign Service Officers and global health practitioners in institutionalizing health diplomacy within the Department and promoting a sense of shared responsibility among bilateral and multilateral partners in pursuit of a healthier human family. Thanks to her leadership, over 50 newly-named Ambassadors and other senior Officers have had the benefit of in-depth interagency briefings on U.S. Government health programs and priorities in their countries of assignment, the Foreign Service Institute provided new or significantly revised health content that reached hundreds of students, and a Health Diplomacy Speakers Series has been launched targeting both State and external audiences.

Her immediate staff and the entire Department wish her well in the next phase of her remarkable life. The S/GHD team, reachable at ghd@state.gov, remains committed to advancing the goals Ambassador Rowe so ably defined on behalf of former Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry.


Date: 06/24/2014 Description: USAID - 50 Years of Global Health © USAID Image

USAID – 50 Years of Global Health

Throughout its 50-year history, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has had an important hand in disease prevention and other crucial advances in global health. This year, USAID released its new book - 50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures – to serve as a record of their work, a catalog of lessons, and a source of pride and inspiration.


Date: 2014 Description: Ambassador Douglas Griffiths with a group of children supported by the USAID | Community Care Program partner, Kaeria Association from Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique. © USAID Image

Ambassador Douglas Griffiths: Promoting Partnerships With USAID | Community Care Program

Since 2012, the Kaeria Association, in partnership with USAID | Community Care Program (PCC), has supported directly more than 1,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Mozambique offering them a variety of educational services appropriate for their age in areas such as nutrition and reproductive health, amongst others. The association also provides home based care to more than 600 people living with HIV/AIDS in Pemba and promotes a village savings and loans program within the community that helps those who care for the orphans and people living with HIV to have a source of income.

The USAID | Community Care Program is implemented in 52 districts across 7 provinces, including Cabo Delgado. In Pemba, the activities are implemented by Kaeria, a Civil Society Organization that has been part of PCC since 2012. The overall goal of PCC is to strengthen the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Date: 04/25/2014 Description: World Malaria Day 2014 © President's Malaria Initiative

World Malaria Day - 2014

April 25 is World Malaria Day. Each year, this day commemorates the global fight toward zero malaria deaths and mobilizes action to combat the disease. On this occasion, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released its Eighth Annual Report to Congress [PDF, 20MB], which describes the U.S. Government’s contributions to the global fight against malaria. Learn more about World Malaria Day on PMI’s new website.


Date: 01/2014 Description: In January 2014, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Tulinabo Mushingi presented a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net in Louargou, Burkina Faso at the launch of the Improving Malaria Care Project. - State Dept Image

Improving Malaria Care in Burkina Faso

U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Tulinabo Mushingi presented a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net in Louargou, Burkina Faso at the launch of the Improving Malaria Care Project. The $15 million agreement works with the National Malaria Control Program to promote the use of key malaria prevention and treatment interventions. In Burkina Faso, U.S. Government support in the fight against malaria has steadily increased since 2009, given that the illness is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality for children under five.


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