New Antipoverty Drugs, Vaccines, and Diagnostics: A Research Agenda for the US President’s Global Health Initiative (GHI)

On May 5, 2009, the Obama Administration announced its intention to launch an ambitious United States governmental strategy for global health. The US Global Health Initiative (GHI) proposes US$63 billion over 6 years (FY 2009–FY 2014), US$10.5 billion annually on average, approximately 70% of which would be spent on the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). If appropriated each year by Congress, the GHI would represent a significant response to calls by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies for the US government (USG) to invest US$15 billion annually on development assistance for global health by 2012.

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