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USAID Bureau for Global Health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health concentrates on improving health internationally in three areas: preventing child and maternal deaths, controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and combating infectious diseases. Within this bureau, offices that are particularly relevant to the fight for gender parity and LGBTQ rights include the Office of HIV/AIDS, the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, and the Office of Population and Reproductive Health — the latter of which works on family planning and access to contraception. Under the Trump administration, one of the Bureau’s key leadership roles is held by Dr. Monique Chireau Wubbenhorst, who represents the United States at many international forums. Despite her bureau’s mandate on reproductive health, family planning, and contraception, Chireau Wubbenhorst has argued against international family planning work, calling it a “contraceptive mentality” that is “pervasive” and instead advocating for “fertility awareness” as well as for “adolescents and unmarried couples” to practice “abstinence and chastity.”