Monday, August 16, 2010

Twitterverse Tracks and Ponders Clinton's Remarks on Obama's Global Health Initiative

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.

Some sentiments:

  1. MSH
    MSHHealthImpact Clinton:metrics for GHI to be rolled out :focus on maternal mortality, family planning distrib.,child marriage. Still not clear #saisevents

  2. Sarah L. Dwyer
    SL_Dwyer Clinton talk: wish it had been less general and provided more details on focus countries and how we'll be achieving GHI goals. #saisevents

  3. Karen Grepin
    KarenGrepin Despite few specifics, it is nice to hear US enforcing commitments to #globalhealth at a time when others are pulling back. #saisevents

  4. Lauren Alexanderson
    LAlexanderson @SL_Dwyer Me 2-Haven't hrd any1 talk in detail abt y cntries were chosen/how we R going 2 make ths integration/innovation happen #saisevents

Here's some of the wittiest and most interesting observations / commentary I managed to round up as Clinton spoke:

  1. Karen Grepin
    KarenGrepin Circa 1960s? 80s? 90s? RT @NandiniOomman: US will make up for lost time in Family Planning. Clinton says @ #saisevents

  2. Tom Paulson
    tompaulson In global health, Clinton says we need more collaboration, coordination and systemic change. As always, the devil's details #saisevents

  3. MSH
    MSHHealthImpact Clinton is focusing on a coordinated system of care but hasn't used "health systems strengthening" term, interestingly. #saisevents

  4. Jirair Ratevosian
    JRatevosian Right. An SMS cannot replace a health worker. @NandiniOomman: "cell phones have penetrated where health clinics have not" #saisevents

  5. Nandini Oomman
    NandiniOomman Lots on the good GHI goals, but how will the GHI work? Tell us more about the HOW. Clinton's speech. #saisevents

@JRatevosian pointed out something interesting:

  1. Jirair Ratevosian
    JRatevosian Sec Clinton says US is first & largest contributor 2 @globalfundnews BUT 4 the record, @whitehouse cut the GF budget in FY11. #saisevents

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:

  1. Jirair Ratevosian
    JRatevosian And where does Zeke fit in? Does he? RT @NandiniOomman: Shah, Goosby, Frieden lead GHI "under the guidance of Jack Lew!" @ #saisevents

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:

  1. Kate Dilley
    ktdilley Secy #Clinton seems so passionate about global health. Do others agree? #saisevents.

  2. Jenni Rothenberg
    J_Roth Clinton says QDDR will be coming out this fall....any bets on when we will see it? #saisevents

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.


  1. Jaclyn-- thanks for this compilation. Indeed we have a lot more work to do!

    Here's another great wrap up from @SarahAWildman

    And link to the Secretary's remarks:

  2. Thanks for your input and the links! I thought Sarah's article contextualized the speech well.

    I also came across a Reuters blog post about it -

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