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.