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USAID is investing $4 million this year in Kenya’s immunization program. Childhood immunization programs provide a very high return on investment.
USAID Kenya/Edna Laboso
Thursday, July 17, 2014

(As prepared)

(All protocols observed)

Thank you for inviting me to be here with you for the national launch of the rotavirus vaccine, the newest addition to Kenya’s immunization schedule.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is investing $4 million this year in Kenya’s immunization program.  Speaking as a donor, I can tell you that childhood immunization programs provide a very high return on investment. Vaccination services prevent illnesses, which reduce direct health costs and save millions of shillings in indirect costs, a fact I know Secretary Macharia appreciates.  More importantly, vaccination services save lives.

The United States and Kenya have been partners for 50 years.  Our shared commitment to childhood immunization is a testament to how much we can accomplish when we work together.

The Kenya Expanded Program on Immunization was introduced in 1980 to address the then six common causes of childhood mortality. Over time, the program has grown to incorporate new vaccines that address more causes of childhood mortality. Today, although vaccination services are available for all children, each year approximately 20 percent of infants are not fully immunized.  USAID is supporting improvement of data collection to better identify these children and helping in the procurement of vaccines to support outbreak responses.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Cambodia has made substantial progress towards achieving its Millennium Development Goals, including reaching the targets for Goals 4 and 5 years ahead of the target dates.  I would like to congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia, in particular the Ministry of Health, for its leadership in these efforts. The deployment of midwives to all health facilities and the endorsement of the midwifery incentive scheme are recognized as driving forces behind this great success.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:15pm

Regardless of where we work, we are driven by one core mission: to end extreme poverty and advance the dignity of every human being.  Yet, we come together tonight at a time when this mission—and our values—are being tested.  Across the globe, millions of children—especially girls—are facing daunting threats.

Syria’s children continue to endure relentless dangers, from barrel bombs to extremist militias.  India’s girls risk their lives every time they fetch water or visit latrines.  And Nigeria’s children are finding school a target for terrorists rather than a sanctuary for learning. All it takes it one look around the world to see that our joint efforts and advocacy are more critical than ever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:00am

(As prepared)

Habari zenu, Good morning,

Honorable Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury; Honorable Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure; Lucy Mbugua Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority; other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be with you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

In Cambodia today, women are living longer, healthier lives than their mothers and their mothers before them.  As the nation’s health system and economic opportunities continue to improve, Cambodian women have better access to higher-quality health services and products for themselves and their families.  Giving birth is safer than it has ever been in Cambodia, for both mothers and their newborns.  Contraceptives and other health commodities are more readily available and affordable.  Deaths due to the most lethal diseases of the past – such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV – are declining each year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

(As prepared)

I am so pleased to be here to mark another milestone in our 50-year partnership with Kenya. 

We are here today because we recognize that Kenya is in a position to benefit from the positive effects of a demographic change.  The country is overflowing with young and ambitious Kenyans eager to contribute to the development of the country.  If we can move them responsibly into their working age years as healthy, educated and productive adults, with fewer dependents, they can lead the development process and elevate Kenya to a middle-income country.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
(As delivered)
 
Thank you, and good afternoon. 
 
Thank you, Robert -- we’re proud to be partnering with the American Jewish World Service. 
 
I want to thank in particular our members of Congress: Representative Polis, whom I got to know well before he was in Congress, and has always had a commitment to a broad set of activist international affairs issues, and we’re thrilled with his leadership. 
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:45am

It gives me the greatest honor and pleasure to be here today to pledge the U.S. Government’s support for the Government of Ethiopia’s unprecedented commitment to End Fistula and Transform Lives by 2020.

We applaud the Federal Ministry of Health for its renewed focus on obstetric fistula and for taking the bold step of developing a Plan of Action to eliminate fistula by the year 2020.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 9:00am

More than 1 billion people - one-sixth of the world's population - suffer from one or more neglected tropical diseases, also known as NTDs.  These diseases affect the world's most vulnerable populations - those who are poorest and have little or no means to protect themselves from illness.  Their impact on individuals and communities is devastating.  In addition to the over 500,000 people who die annually from the consequences of NTDs - millions suffer from chronic disability, pain, disfigurement, and social stigma that keeps them from living full, productive lives.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:30am

This is an incredibly exciting week for the global community- as we outline a new approach to working together to prevent maternal and child deaths and set ambitious goals that we hope to achieve in the years ahead.We’re thrilled that you are a part of it. 

It is such an exciting time for this effort. Because for the first time in history, we stand within reach of a world that was simply once unimaginable—a world without child and maternal death. 

Child Survival and maternal mortality have been a focus of the U.S. commitment to global health for decades.  Every year, we commit nearly $1.5 billion to this moral mission.  And today, we know that how we deploy those precious dollars has the potential to transform millions of communities that suffer from the senseless tragedy of losing children to preventable deaths.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 5:30am

After a very successful meeting in Mandalay at the end of March, we now have a critical mass of champions who are highly committed to moving the agenda on migrant health care further along, in whichever way we can, with whatever resources we can muster, the key operative word being partnership. Partnership between health, labor and social security, partnership between public and private sector, between government and civil society, and between the countries, to develop shared solutions to a common and complex health area. Also, partnership among development partners; we have a large group of external agencies who have come together to demonstrate our friendship and support for the cause. This meeting is a joint effort between IHPP Foundation, USAID, UNDP and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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