The following are highlights from USAID’s participation in events in New York last week. USAID had a strong presence in the city, particularly USAID Administrator, Rajiv Shah.
On the morning of September 21st, Raj Shah, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Ambassador Eric Goosby, the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, met with the Global Health Initiative Plus country leaders in order to discuss “how U.S. global health programs will partner with countries to save more lives and do so in a sustainable and efficient manner.” The global leaders were given a chance to have their specific issues and country’s priorities addressed. Shah focused mainly on USAID top three objectives: “increasing country ownership so that the U.S. is aligned with country health goals; investing in sustainable systems to create a lasting effect on the health of citizens regardless of future disease initiatives; and fostering innovation from vaccine research to trials of new technologies such as microbicides to ensuring that cost-effective and game changing approaches and technologies are being used effectively on the ground.”
The same day, there was another event, “1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future”, in New York City which Shah, leaders of governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector companies attended, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin. The goal was to create a collective global commitment to improve child nutrition. Action and accountability from all levels was stressed.
On the 22nd, the same day that President Obama announced the launch of the Presidential Policy Directive on Development, USAID representatives were spotlighting the use of science and technology to work towards meeting the MDGs at a forum co-hosted with the New York Academy of Sciences. USAID also participated in a UN Summit on global water and sanitation titled, “Addressing the Global Water and Sanitation Challenge: The Key to the MDGs.”
The next day, September 23rd, prominent leaders in global health and development joined several African heads of state “to announce new commitments to accelerate progress toward ending deaths from malaria, a disease that claims the lives of more than 850,000 Africans each year.” Leaders are confident that the goal of reducing malaria deaths to near zero by 2015 will be achieved due to proven successful efforts.
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