Reporting LIVE from Sec. Clinton’s Global Health Initiative Announcement

August 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm 1 comment

This morning, Secretary of State Clinton announced a new Global Health Initiative to an audience at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) – and I was there!  According to Secretary Clinton, major priorities for the GHI will be:

  • A person-centric, rather than disease-centric, approach
  • Focus on measurement, accountability, and results
  • Building capacity in recipient countries, rather than fostering dependence
  • Encouraging innovation and data-sharing
  • Removing health-related obstacles to becoming a productive citizen

Secretary Clinton stated unequivocally that attention to the needs of women and girls will be central to the GHI’s approach.  I had the opportunity to ask her what metrics will be used to measure the success of the GHI with regard to women’s health, and was pleased to hear that, in addition to standard metrics like maternal mortality rates, the program will also examine statistics such as marriage age, access to care, and family planning trends.  (For her full answer to my question, go to 1:08:20 of the video: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/pressroom/press-releases/MA2010/clinton-live.htm)

Finally, Secretary Clinton emphasized the importance of health care diplomacy.  She said that in many cases, the health care services people in developing countries receive are the only contact they have with the American government or people.  Not only does health assistance help ensure a safer, more secure world, she noted, but global health care assistance is “a clear and direct expression of our compassion”.

To see the full speech: http://www.sais-jhu.edu/pressroom/press-releases/MA2010/clinton-live.htm

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  • 1. Stephanie Fletcher  |  August 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you for this report on Secretary Clinton’s speech about the Global Health Initiative. It must have been exciting to be there in person and to ask her a question about women’s health issues specifically.

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