The U.S. government’s USD63 billion Global Health Initiative will target another 20 to 30 aid-recipient nations in 2011, says Donald Shriber, deputy director for policy and communications at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The U.S. in June identified initial GHI beneficiary nations, or GHI Plus nations, including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nepal and Rwanda.
“GHI is something that is going to happen beyond the eight GHI Plus countries – it’s going to happen in all countries,” said Shriber.
Shriber, along with Amie Batson of the U.S. Agency for International Development and Ann Gavaghan from the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, met Monday (Nov. 8) to discuss updates on GHI.
The strategic plans of six of the eight GHI Plus countries are currently under review and are expected to be released by the end of the year, according to the three officials, adding that an updated GHI strategy, which incorporates suggestions on women, girls and gender equality, will be released soon.
On funding, no update was given on the source of the USD200 million for the GHI Strategic Fund Reserve, according to Meredith Mazzotta of the blog, “Science Speaks: HIV & TB News.” Part of the amount is expected to be drawn from the 2011 fiscal budget and the rest from existing global health programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.