PEPFAR is the cornerstone of the President’s Global Health Initiative, which commits $63 billon dollars over six years to support partner countries in improving and expanding access to health services — a stunning level of investment that would have been unimaginable even 10 years ago. The Global Health Initiative will increase funding both for HIV/AIDS and for other important activities such as maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and strengthening health systems, in recognition of the fact that developing nations face a range of interrelated health challenges.
The Global Health Initiative’s comprehensive approach to health will build on platforms the U.S. Government worked with partner countries to establish. By building on the existing successes of U.S. Government global health programs, the Initiative will generate sustainable long-term benefits and improve the health of families and communities.
The Obama Administration released a consultation document on the implementation of the Global Health Initiative (PDF, 1.74 MB). In the coming months, this document will be refined and finalized, through consultation with the U.S. Congress, partner countries, civil society organizations, other donors and governments, the private sector, and multilateral and international institutions. Comments on this consultation document can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is February 22, 2010.