The Global Health Initiative

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) is the next chapter in the way the U.S. Government conducts global health activities. GHI builds on successful bipartisan leadership in global health and expands the impact of our programs by integrating them for sustainable results around the world. Shifting the focus to programs that maximize a continuum of care, allows the U.S. to look across traditional programmatic and disease focused lines like the Child Survival Call to Action.

  • GHI is Saving Lives by fighting global disease, and allowing more people to make a better world for their children. U.S. global health programs make it possible to renew our emphasis on saving the lives of mothers, children and families from preventable, treatable diseases.
  • GHI is Promoting Security by fighting global disease, which directly protects our health in the United States because infectious disease knows no border. 
  • GHI is Maximizing Results by ensuring that agencies working on global health initiatives work together to make the most of every dollar to improve the health of the poorest families around the world.

By 2015, GHI will:

  • Reduce maternal mortality by 30 percent across assisted countries.
  • Reduce under-five child mortality by 35 percent across assisted countries.
  • Reduce child under-nutrition by 20–30 percent across assisted food-insecure countries.
  • Prevent 54 million unintended pregnancies.
  • Halve the burden of malaria for 450 million people, representing 70 percent of the at-risk population in Africa, through the President’s Malaria Initiative.
  • Support the prevention of more than 12 million new HIV infections, provide direct support to more than 6 million people on treatment, and support care for more than 12 million people, including 5 million orphans and children through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
  • Contribute to the treatment of a minimum of 2.6 million new sputum smear positive tuberculosis cases and 57,200 multidrug-resistant cases of TB; and contribute to a 50 percent reduction in TB deaths and disease burden relative to the 1990 baseline.
  • Reduce the prevalence of seven neglected tropical diseases, contributing to the global elimination of lymphatic filariasis, blinding trachoma, leprosy and onchocerciasis in Latin America.

Learn more about the Global Health Initiative.

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Last updated: June 07, 2012

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