Staff members at the Buge Health Center, SNNPR, Ethiopia. USAID works with the Ministry of Health to strengthen services at health centers around the country to prevent maternal and infant deaths. USAID
Investments in global health demonstrate our compassion and serve our interests. When we help ﬁght global killers, such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, we strengthen social and regional stability, advancing our own security. When we immunize millions of children against deadly diseases, we help support productive, healthy populations and energize the economy. And when we help a mother give birth to a healthy child, we are advancing values that unite us as Americans: compassion, equality, and a belief in the potential of every individual. While recent decades have witnessed dramatic progress in global health, preventable disease and premature death continue to plague much of the developing world, particularly affecting women and children and other vulnerable populations.
Through the President's Global Health Initiative (GHI), the Department of State and USAID are leading the effort to build on country-owned health platforms as well as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and earlier investments in fighting tuberculosis and promoting maternal and child health, including family planning, to foster sustainable, effective, efficient and country-led public health systems that deliver essential health care and improve health outcomes. To maximize the impact of GHI, the Department and USAID target their efforts to improve the health of women, newborns, and children by focusing on safe births and family planning, child health, infectious disease, clean water, nutrition, and neglected tropical diseases.
The Department of State and USAID also recognize that investments in education are foundational to human development and critical to broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction. Together, our education programs are working to reduce illiteracy, provide safe spaces and learning opportunities for the most vulnerable children and strengthen higher education institutions and workforce development programs to support country development goals.
The Department and USAID allocated $10.838 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2012, which is 20 percent of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. The performance of the illustrative indicators is provided in the following section.