President Barack Obama created the Global Health Initiative (GHI) in 2009 to strengthen the U.S. Government's existing international health programs. The goal is to increase the impact of U.S. global health investments and allow greater access to better prevention, care, and treatment activities through the application of seven core programming principles. To ground GHI's strong focus on maximizing results, GHI set aspirational goals in eight broad health areas. While the GHI targets are stated by individual health areas (e.g., malaria or tuberculosis), the supporting U.S. Government programs are working in synergy to achieve a greater combined impact. As we reach the mid-way point of implementing the Initiative, we would like to present the progress to-date towards these goals.
Please reference the GHI Results Framework which demonstrates the linkages between GHI's eight target areas:
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|Protecting Communities from Infectious Diseases||Saving Mothers and Children||Creating an AIDS-free Generation|
|For decades, the United States has been a leader in the prevention and control of infectious diseases. A heavy burden of infectious disease can destabilize partner countries and result in substantial economic losses. Continued vigilance in efforts to control and prevent infectious disease is therefore critical. U.S. Government efforts focus on preventing diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, and HIV/AIDS, as well as treatment and control by providing safe and effective drug treatments to affected communities and improving disease surveillance to measure program impact.||The United States and partners around the world have made remarkable reductions in maternal and child mortality over the past 20 years, but there is still more work to be done. GHI has brought the needs and potential of women and girls to the fore, working to redress gender-related inequalities, to promote the empowerment of women and girls, and to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. Through GHI, the U.S. Government is working in selected countries to support further progress and bring integrated, comprehensive programs to save the lives of more women and children, particularly in the critical period around pregnancy and delivery and in the first five years of life.||By providing prevention, care, and treatment to millions worldwide, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) brought hope to communities that have been heavily affected by AIDS. New scientific advances in prevention and treatment will enable an even greater impact as it works to prevent more than 12 million infections, treat more than 6 million people, and provide care for 12 million individuals, including support to more than 5 million orphans and vulnerable children. GHI builds on and leverages the PEPFAR platform, thereby contributing to results in other health areas as well.|
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The indicators and results data posted here are based on global standards and represent significant discussion among U.S. Government technical staff and leadership to present the best evidence in one place at one time. It should be noted that many of these goals are measured through high level impact indicators, therefore the results are not solely attributable to the USG efforts, but are achieved through coordinated effort of the host country government, donors and key stakeholders. We have noted in the more detailed measurement section those indicators that are more closely related to USG-specific activities.
Despite the constrained fiscal environment, the Administration remains committed to the long-term goals of GHI. Health continues to be made a priority, accounting for 25 percent of our foreign assistance budget, which makes the United States the largest donor in the world for the sector. The GHI was envisioned to include funding from fiscal years (FY) 2009-2014. While the GHI has been appropriated funding for FY 2009-2012, we are now just beginning to execute the third year of the initiative's funding and are already making significant progress in each health area.
PLEASE NOTE: The data is still preliminary inasmuch as our aim is to consult with key stakeholders, in and out of government, on improvements we can make to the methodology, format, and usability and any other suggestions. To that end, GHI will be seeking input from all interested stakeholders. This will include public sessions that we hope to convene jointly with non-U.S. Government colleagues. Also, please feel free to submit questions and comments to Annie Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have consulted widely, it is our expectation to publish a final set of results.