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Commentary
Sep 2011

A President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for SurgeryA Call to Action for Surgical Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Surgeons OverSeas, and Department of Surgery, Columbia University, New York, New York.

Arch Surg. 2011;146(9):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.223

Built on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the President's Global Health Initiative was President Obama's promise to fundamentally “restructure US global health enterprise.” In 2009, the Global Health Initiative pledged to invest $63 billion over 6 years (fiscal years 2009-2014): $51 billion for PEPFAR (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria) and $12 billion for broader global health issues (eg, maternal and child health, nutrition, and neglected tropical diseases).1

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