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

Global Health Council (GHC), in collaboration with the global health advocacy community, provides this briefing book as a resource to document how U.S. investments have made a difference in people’s lives around the world. These briefs represent the work of a wide group of global health experts, mostly based in the Washington, D.C., area. The Global Health Briefing Book was produced to demonstrate how integrating and coordinating global health programs leads to overall improved health of individuals worldwide. The positions presented in this document do not necessarily represent the views of all GHC members.

GHC is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. The organization is the collaborative voice of the global health community on global health issues; it convenes stakeholders around key global health priorities and actively engages key decision makers to influence health policy.

The following individuals contributed to the development of this briefing book:

Danielle Heiberg, Advocacy Manger, Global Health Council
Lanice Williams, Policy Associate, Global Health Council

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Photo Credit: Festus Akun, eight-years-old and a class two student at Amanhyia Catholic Primary School in Ghana, shows how to use and take care of his long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LLIN) to prevent malaria transmission. © 2016 Sarah Hoibak/VectorWorks, Courtesy of Photoshare

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