Two boys play after an examination aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital Ship USNS Mercy in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, June 26, 2010. U.S. Army Image/public domain
The Obama Administration is emphasizing global health in its diplomacy and development work around the world. With strategic investments in global health, the United States will spur progress in economic development, job creation, education, agricultural development, gender equity, and political stability. These are goals with a global impact: the health and stability of countries around the world have a direct impact on the security and prosperity of the United States.
Through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the United States plans to invest $63 billion over six years to help partner countries improve health outcomes through strengthened health systems, with a particular focus on improving the health of women, newborns, and children through programs including topics such as infectious disease, nutrition, maternal and child health, and safe water. The GHI aims to maximize the sustainable health impact the United States achieves for every dollar invested. It is an example of what we can do when we invest in Smart Power through development and diplomacy as key partners alongside defense — Smart Power in action.