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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: 09/26/2014 Location: Washington, DC Description: Secretary Kerry opens the 2014 Global Health Security Agenda Summit in Washington, DC. - State Dept Image

Ebola: The U.S. Global Health Security Agenda at Work

On September 26, 2014, 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.


Date: 09/25/2014 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the Ending AIDS by 2030 event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2014. - State Dept Image

Secretary Kerry Addresses the United Nations: $500 Million in PEPFAR Funds to Support Vulnerable Populations

On September 25, 2014, while attending meetings at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, 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.


Date: 2014 Location: Sowa Town, Botswana Description: Michael J. Murphy opens the ''New Directions in Global Health'' seminar in Sowa Town - State Dept Image

Embassy Gaborone holds ‘New Directions in Global Health’ Seminar

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.”


Achieve Health Equity, Eliminate Disparities and Improve Health for All: U.S. Global Health Programs release results

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.  


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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