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Testimony Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Regarding the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request
Date:3/3/2010

First, global health, where we are requesting $8.5 billion in State and USAID assistance.  Our request supports President Obama's Global Health Initiative, which builds on prior U.S. international health programs and helps our 80 partner countries strengthen health systems and improve sustainable health outcomes, with a particular focus on women, children and newborns. This initiative will be carried out in collaboration with the Department of State and the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure complementarity among our programs and that together we leave behind sustainable health care systems that are host-country owned.  

With additional funding, we will build on our strong record of success in HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria, and achieve results where progress has lagged, in areas such as obstetric care, newborn care and nutrition.   The initiative will include a special focus on up to 20 "GHI Plus" countries where we will intensify efforts to ensure maximum learning about innovative approaches for working with governments and partners, accelerating impact and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. government investments. 

Second, to support food security, we propose investing $1.2 billion for State Department and USAID food security and agricultural programs, in addition to the $200 million set aside for nutrition
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