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»
Secretary Kerry opened the 2014 Global Health Security Agenda Summit in Washington, DC. He noted the grave health and human security implications of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and highlighted the United States ‘all hands on deck’ approach, stating that, “without countries doing more than normal and doing it fast, this [outbreak] can spiral out of control.” To watch Secretary Kerry’s full remarks click here.
Secretary Kerry spoke at the UNAIDS symposium. He reemphasized the importance of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States’ continued commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and creating an AIDS-free generation. He announced that PEPFAR will provide nearly $500 million this year to support efforts for children, young women, and vulnerable populations. To watch his full remarks click here.
What is America’s role in the response to HIV and other health threats in Botswana? This space is too small to cover it all – but the American investment over the last ten years has totaled more than $700 million U.S. dollars. That is nearly 6 billion pula, according to U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael J. Murphy, who opened the “New Directions in Global Health” seminar in Sowa Town on September 9th. The two-day program highlighting the latest in global health programs and research is sponsored by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Chargé Murphy emphasized that Botswana and the U.S. must “continue to invest in evidence-based, high-impact interventions – and advocate for effective health policies – if we are to realize the goal of zero new infections in Botswana.”
Since 2009, the U.S. government has invested over $50 billion in foreign assistance for health and, as a result, saved millions of lives. In fiscal year 2013 alone, the U.S. government supported life-saving antiretroviral treatment for 6.7 million men, women, and children; reached 12.5 million children with nutrition programs; and protected 45 million people from malaria with a prevention measure. We are proud of the progress made of these global health goals and encourage you to review the report on Creating an AIDS-Free Generation, Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, and Protecting Communities from Infectious Diseases.
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.
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.