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U.S. Global Health Initiative

Principles

GHI employs seven core principles to guide how it engages in global health. These core principles are derived from the principles outlined in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and are woven throughout U.S. government global health programming. They ensure that GHI programs achieve measurable impacts and contribute to sustainable outcomes.

  • FOCUSING ON WOMEN, GIRLS, AND GENDER EQUITY
    This principle aims to address gender imbalances related to health, promote the empowerment of women and girls, and improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  • COUNTRY OWNERSHIP
    Country ownership challenges the U.S. Government, recipient nations, and donor countries alike to work tirelessly to create sustainable health systems that are eventually owned, managed, and operated by the host government and its people.
  • HEALTH SYSTEMS STRENGTHENING
    Weak health systems are often identified as the binding, or rate-limiting constraint to further progress.
  • PROMOTING GLOBAL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
    Partnership relationships can be an integral part of reaching objectives since not one donor, organization, or partner country can address all health needs.
  • INTEGRATION
    The integration of health sector activities with activities in other sectors – such as water and sanitation, education, food security, agriculture, economic growth, microfinance, and democracy and governance – can achieve high-yield gains for health.
  • RESEARCH & INNOVATION
    Achievement of the GHI goals requires innovative translation of investments in health research into real and measurable population-level health outcomes. GHI encourages innovation along the scientific continuum, reflected in the full range of U.S. Government-funded research.
  • IMPROVE METRICS, MONITORING & EVALUATION
    Monitoring and evaluation should be incorporated throughout the program process, beginning with the assessment of needs and program planning through routine monitoring of implementation with a robust evaluation agenda.