Global Health Works
Maximizing U.S. Investments for Healthier and Stronger Communities
Since 2003, when President George W. Bush announced the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States has been a leader in improving the health and lives of millions of people around the world. U.S. global health programs, such as PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and the USAID Neglected Tropical Disease Program, have been successful in saving lives and ensuring healthy outcomes, especially among the most vulnerable populations.
On Capitol Hill, global health programs receive strong bipartisan support, and there is a consensus that global health programs are one of the great success stories of U.S. foreign assistance. With relatively modest investments, infant mortality has been reduced more than 50% since 1990; maternal mortality has declined by over 43% in the 19 countries where U.S. involvement has been greatest; and the proportion of undernourished people has fallen from one in five to one in nine. Many diseases that threatened millions of people only a decade ago are declining, and we are in sight of achieving an AIDS-free generation; ending preventable child and maternal deaths; and eradicating polio, Guinea worm, measles, and malaria.
Ensuring that we reach these milestones, secure further gains, and address new challenges requires strong political commitment and investment, and working with other countries, donors, and partners. Productive and accountable partnerships are a way to leverage U.S. investments and encourage other donors, improve programming and services, and foster a sense of common purpose and leadership on a global stage.
Loyce Pace, MPH
President and Executive Director
Global health Council