What You Need to Know About PEPFAR and the Global Health Initiative

Described as the foundation upon which the Global Health Initiative (GHI) rests, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is undergoing significant change. HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment remain the focus of PEPFAR, yet the GHI mandates that PEPFAR—along with the rest of the U.S. government’s global health portfolio—take a more holistic approach to meeting individuals’ primary and preventive health care needs, especially for women and girls, with family planning/reproductive health chief among those.

The purpose of this unofficial guide is to clarify current U.S. policy regarding the integration of family planning/ reproductive health, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS within U.S. global health assistance.