Comment: The US Global Health Initiative

The Lancet  
May 26, 2012  Volume 379  Number 9830  p1923 – 2022  e53 – 54

The US Global Health Initiative: where does it stand?
Jennifer Kates, Josh Michaud

In May, 2009, shortly after taking office, President Barack Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), which was to be a 6-year (2009–14), US$63 billion effort to refocus US global health activities by developing the first comprehensive US Government global health strategy.1 The GHI was conceived as a “whole of government approach”2 to act as an umbrella over existing US global health programmes—most notably, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. As President Obama said at the time, “We cannot simply confront individual preventable illnesses in isolation.