WHer and PMIer Sound Foreign Assistance Reform Themes

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This morning, the Malaria No More Policy Center held its annual Champions Breakfast honoring the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Coordinator, Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer (ret), and Office of Management and Budget Senior Health Advisor Ezekiel Emanuel.  Also in attendance was Emanual’s brother, Rahm, the White House Chief of Staff, as well as Representatives Don Payne (D-NJ) and John Bozeman (R-AR).

The speakers/honorees at the breakfast used eloquent and compelling language to stress the need for continued U.S. leadership on development and global health, even in a time of hardship, saying that we can turn progress into victory on deadly diseases like malaria, which kills more African children every year than any other scourge. The speakers also touched on important themes relating to foreign assistance reform.  Paraphrasing after the jump:

MNM Policy Center Managing Director Mark Green (former U.S. Congressman and Ambassador to Tanzania who has been a consistent champion for foreign assistance reform: here and here and here)

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“We cannot let up, even at a time of hardship.  We need to keep supporting foreign aid, because we are within sight of ending deaths from malaria, which kills more African children every year than any other disease.”

PMI Coordinator Tim Ziemer

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“We can improve our foreign assistance deliverable around the world by giving PMI the right resources and support.  The initiative, which is led out of USAID, is a model example of how cross-government, interagency coordination works at its best.”

OMB Senior Health Advisor Zeke Emanuel

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“Results and outcomes are crucially important in our health programs, as are partnerships with nongovernmental and private sector entities that make our investments go further.  Country ownership is also critical to setting a long-term, sustainable foundation for growth.  PMI is a hidden gem in the U.S. government and gets perhaps better return-on-investment than any other program.”

Our takeaways:

1. With the right resources and political backing, USAID is more than capable of leading major, interagency efforts on global health and development – and they should lead these efforts.

2. The President remains committed to development and global health, and he is pushing his high-level staffers to make sure we are getting the best results possible.

Thanks again to MNM for a terrific event.

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