US Releases GHI Strategy Document

The U.S. will allocate the resources of the Global Health Initiative by investing on the expansion and implementation of proven health interventions through strengthened country-owned systems, according to a GHI strategy document released Mar. 2.

The strategy document identifies four standard components for GHI implementation:

- Collaboration for impact by, among others, promoting country ownership and aligning U.S. investments with country-owned plans.- Identifying and scaling up approaches proven effective in various health areas.- Building on and expanding existing country-owned delivery platforms. - Increasing positive results by identifying, using and evaluating new approaches that underline effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability.

The strategy reflects the health programs’ shift in focus: from diseases to patients and health systems, which was first discussed by U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah in June, as Devex reported.

>> Shah Outlines Key GHI Features

GHI Plus countries

The selection of GHI plus countries is being conducted in two phases, the strategy document says.  The U.S. announced the first batch of GHI countries in June, as Devex reported.

>> US Names GHI Plus Countries

The donor country will select a second batch of up to 12 GHI plus nations by fiscal 2013, according to the strategy document. It adds those to 20 countries that are expected to be involved in GHI by fiscal 2014. The document also outlines the criteria for selecting GHI plus countries.

In each of these GHI countries, the U.S. will establish an interagecy health team comprised of public health experts, development specialists and diplomats, among others. The country teams will partner with governments and related agencies to develop GHI implementation plans.

Engaging the Hill

Meantime, Lois Quam, who was appointed GHI executive director in January, said she looks forward to spending time in Washington, D.C. to discuss with members of the U.S. Congress “the very significant work that remains” in addressing issues related to global health.

Quam, who spoke at a Mar. 2 town hall meeting at the Kaiser Foundation, said she is also eager to engage the U.S. public in U.S. global health initiative.

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