Despite some hype and curiosity, today's talk about the Global Health Initiative didn't produce much news. You probably already know that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered prepared remarks about the Obama administration's Global Health Initiative (recorded webcast is available). And if you were following the event on the hashtag #saisevents, you probably noticed some vocal disappointment with the level of detail Clinton provided.
MSHHealthImpactClinton:metrics for GHI to be rolled out :focus on maternal mortality, family planning distrib.,child marriage. Still not clear #saisevents16 Aug 2010from web
SL_DwyerClinton talk: wish it had been less general and provided more details on focus countries and how we'll be achieving GHI goals. #saisevents16 Aug 2010from TweetDeck
KarenGrepinDespite few specifics, it is nice to hear US enforcing commitments to #globalhealth at a time when others are pulling back. #saisevents16 Aug 2010from TweetDeck
I looked into this and the White House FY11 funding request for the Global Fund was indeed lower than the funding amount that was enacted in FY10. According to this budget tracker from Kaiser (my employer), the White House requested $700 million this year. In FY10, Congress approved $750 million for the Global Fund. But Senate and the House committees have both passed funding higher than the FY10 amount. Most recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved (login required) a $54.1 billion FY 2011 spending bill for the State Department that includes $800 million for the Global Fund.
@JRatevosian was on a roll today and it's also worth noting another great question he raised:
I'm wondering what the deal will be if Lew is confirmed? Despite reports of strong resistance from Clinton, last month Obama nominated Lew to be the new director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Other questions/ ideas from the discussion:
ktdilleySecy #Clinton seems so passionate about global health. Do others agree? #saisevents.16 Aug 2010from web
J_RothClinton says QDDR will be coming out this fall....any bets on when we will see it? #saisevents16 Aug 2010from web
Additional thoughts / questions from the discussion? Or was there a tweet I missed? Feel free to add your say / enhance this discussion in the comments.
Though she tweets somewhat infrequently (we only point it out because we'd love to see more), WFP head Josette Sheeran took a moment to share a scene from her first official visit to Brazil where she's visiting Brazilian government projects aimed at fighting hunger.