“President Obama and I are deeply committed to PEPFAR’s continued success. ...And we see PEPFAR’s potential to serve as a platform upon which to build other essential health services for individuals and families through the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative and our commitments to partner with governments to help them develop their own capacity to fight the disease and the epidemics that they themselves are confronting.”
- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
The fight against global AIDS is a central piece of the foreign policy and global health agenda outlined by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This Administration’s Global Health Initiative will continue our country’s leadership on global health priorities like HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as expand our focus on integrating current programs with those that address maternal and child health, family planning and neglected tropical diseases.
Secretary Clinton has emphasized the need to elevate development as a core pillar of American foreign policy. To achieve this end, the U.S. is placing a renewed emphasis on partnerships. Increasing partner country ownership and ensuring the sustainability of our efforts will be key to maximizing our development efforts, through PEPFAR and through other development programs, and expanding opportunity and prosperity to more people in more places around the world.
An important role of international development partners such as PEPFAR is to develop and support country-level leadership, and a principal focus of PEPFAR over the next five years will be building the long-term sustainability of national HIV/AIDS responses.
A critical goal of the Global Health Initiative – and a longstanding PEPFAR activity – is support for health systems strengthening.
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