One year ago this May, President Obama announced the formation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a $63 billion project spanning six years dedicated to developing a comprehensive U. S global health strategy. With a focus on combating HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), malaria and other global health issues, the GHI brings together multiple government agencies to strengthen health systems and fight diseases around the world.
Earlier this week I attended a panel discussion and forum organized by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in which three senior-level government officials involved in the GHI addressed key issues ranging from implementation challenges to promoting country ownership of GHI initiatives, to budget allocations, to the GHI’s increased focus on women’s health issues.
As the panel spoke and answered audience questions, one theme caught my attention again and again: the need for the GHI to better measure and capitalize on their successes, apply them to existing and expanded platforms and push for results. (more…)