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»
World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died. Last week, Secretary Kerry gave remarks in honor of World AIDS Day 2013. Read Secretary Kerry’s remarks. Remarks by the President on World AIDS Day.
On November 11, Ambassador Rowe participated in a panel discussion on financing human resource needs at the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health in Recife, Brazil. Ambassador Rowe described the contributions that USAID, CDC, and Peace Corps have made to health worker education through PEPFAR. She also stressed the importance of country ownership and that the U.S. Government is interested in working even more closely with developing country governments to foster sustainable health systems. Noting that building strong health systems requires political solutions as much as technical ones, Ambassador Rowe encouraged developing country governments to exercise the necessary political will to address health worker shortages and plan for future human resource needs. Read More»
On August 27, an awards ceremony in Durban, South Africa for approximately 2,000 community caregivers took place in the presence of high level provincial representation from the KwaZulu-Natal Province Office of the Premier, the Department of Health, and Department of Social Development, as well as key representatives from the U.S. Government, USAID, PEPFAR, CDC and long-standing USAID partner, BroadReach Healthcare. Read more here.
While visiting Uganda after the African First Ladies’ Summit hosted in Tanzania, Ambassador Leslie Rowe sat down to discuss the role of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy as well as her experience at the Summit. The Summit emphasized effective investments in women that lead to greater stability and prosperity in countries. Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa highlights the critical role First Ladies play as advocates for women and girls, spotlights success stories and best practices, and discusses public-private partnerships that lead to sustainable results. Listen to her interview or read the transcript.
Ambassador Susan Elliott, along with leading Tajik Government officials, attended a presentation discussing the preliminary results of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS). The USAID-supported DHS is the gold standard of health surveys and provides technical assistance, training, equipment, and commodities to help collect, analyze and present strategic information on demographic and health issues in Tajikistan. One of the most promising trends found in the DHS is that the under-five mortality rate has decreased to 43 deaths per 1,000 for 2008-2012 as compared to 76 per 1,000 for 1998-2002. The preliminary results were released in April 2013, and final results will be released this winter.