USAID’s Global Health Strategic Framework (For Years 2012-2016). Better Health for Development
(2012; 56 pages)


This document sets out a strategic framework for the U.S.Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) global health sector for FY 2012–2016. It incorporates the principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), which form the foundation of our work, is set within USAID’s core development mission and priorities, and promotes an inclusive and integrated approach to global health across the U.S. Government for a more effective and efficient approach to sustainable global health outcomes.

In May 2010, President Barack Obama issued a National Security Strategy that recognized development as a central pillar of our national security capacity. In September 2010, through the first ever Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Global Development, the President outlined high-level principles to guide our international development policy and called for a new approach to planning and implementing development assistance. Further, in December 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), an unprecedented joint review of the mandates and capabilities of the Department of State and USAID, to ensure that these core elements of American civilian power work more effectively and in tandem to advance U.S. interests at home and abroad. In 2011, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah gave the Barmes Lecture at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he issued a challenge to the development community around a set of transformational goals and reaffirmed USAID’s commitment to the President’s Global Health Initiative. Also in 2011, USAID released the USAID Policy Framework 2011–2015, which operationalizes the PPD and QDDR, clarifies USAID’s core development priorities, and lays out detailed operational principles that we are applying across our entire portfolio.The USAID Policy Framework also lays out the agenda for the institutional reform known as USAID Forward, which is preparing the Agency to respond to the development challenges of the coming decades.

This USAID Global Health Strategic Framework is meant to unify the numerous policies, directives, initiatives, and other factors that influence USAID operations in global health into a cohesive approach that serves as a guide for USAID’s entire global health response, which is implemented not only through its Bureau for Global Health, but also through its regional and other functional bureaus.This will enable USAID to pursue its global health mission, achieve its global health vision, and fully and effectively contribute to the U.S. Government’s overall global health goals.

Taking into consideration the challenges, the changing environment, USAID’s history of achievements, and USAID’s comparative advantages, USAID’s field and headquarters staff developed and refined their global health vision and mission statement for the 2012–2016 period.

This Strategic Framework discusses USAID’s major health priorities for FY 2012–FY 2016: saving mothers and children, fostering an AIDS-free generation, combating infectious diseases, increasing the availability and use of voluntary family planning, and strengthening health systems. It then highlights the key approaches to be used in USAID’s global health response to address these priorities, expanding on each of the bullets in the mission statement (see box above). Annex I presents details on specific strategies, targets, and approaches for achieving goals within each technical area under the health priorities.

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