Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 5, 2009

The President’s new global health initiative will be a crucial component of American foreign policy and a signature element of smart power. Bringing better health to people around the globe is an avenue to a more secure, stable, and prosperous world. Our investments in programs to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, and other preventable diseases save millions of lives, reduce maternal and child mortality, and reflect our nation’s leadership as a positive force for progress around the world.

With the President’s new initiative and expanded focus, we have an opportunity to further leverage our technical knowledge and expertise, build stronger regional and global partnerships, and use our resources to expand the promise of good health that is the foundation of stronger and more stable families, communities, and societies.

I look forward to working with agencies across the government, with Congress, and with the private and non-governmental sectors to lead a coordinated and effective approach to global health that leaves a safer and more stable world for generations to come.

PRN: 2009/422