The President’s Global Health Initiative (GHI) puts women and girls at the center of U.S. global health strategy. The GHI provides robust new funding and a strategic approach to maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and nutrition, and specifically targets barriers to health care for women and girls. Women and children face severe challenges to their health, have more limited access to quality health care, and bear a disproportionately greater share of disease, violence and mistreatment. Global rates of maternal mortality remain perilously high, with hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and millions of women suffer from debilitating pregnancy-related injuries, diseases, and infections. More than 215 million women lack access to modern forms of contraception and are therefore unable to regulate their fertility.
The consequences of a mother’s death ripple throughout her family and community. For example, when a mother dies, the chances of her child dying within 12 months increase sevenfold.
Women’s and Girls’ Health
Investments to improve the health and lives of women and girls will target: