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March 23 2011

US Global Health Strategy: Promoting Healthy Development

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: United States Navy and Truman National Security Project, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 2011;305(12):1238-1239. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.362

Last year, President Obama signed a policy directive on global development, the first by a US president. It provides a common framework for the US government, emphasizing economic growth as “the only sustainable way to accelerate development and eradicate poverty.”1 Its health pillar is the $63 billion Global Health Initiative, launched in 2009. The initiative builds on existing programs, such as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and increases support for maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition programs.