Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Speaks at Congressional Briefing
HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire participated in a panel discussion where he briefed Congressional staff on current United States global health efforts. Moderated by Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance Lisa Cohen, the panel discussion outlined the global health roles of HHS, USAID, PEPFAR, and the President’s Malaria Initiative. A tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS activist from Zambia emphasized the critical impact of the United States’ global health work.
Joining Dr. Daulaire was USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Robert Clay, the President’s Malaria Initiative’s U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer, and Luwiza Makukula, a Zambian tuberculosis and HIV activist. The briefing provided critical information about the positive outcomes of the U.S. government’s global health activities abroad, as well as the domestic benefit. Through programs such as PEPFAR and the President’s Malaria Initiative and through agencies such as USAID and HHS, many lives are saved, treatments and drugs are discovered, and health systems and local capacities are strengthened. Countries with strong health systems, technical expertise, and local capacity to respond to health needs and disease outbreaks contribute to a healthier, safer world, according to the panel.
“In a globalized world, Americans can only be healthy and secure in a world that is healthy and secure” said Dr. Daulaire, noting the increasing interconnectedness between American health and people throughout the world.