This piece was first published on The Huffington Post.
One of the hallmarks of American democracy is the peaceful transition of power from one Administration to the next. With that transition comes a transfer of knowledge and resources to ensure continuity in essential government programs. Among these are global health initiatives that have garnered strong bipartisan support and can be counted as major successes for U.S. policy – not least of which is the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), established in 2003 by President George W. Bush. PEPFAR transformed the HIV/AIDS landscape by establishing a new way of working in partnership with host countries, donors, multilateral institutions, NGOs, the private sector, academe and others to reduce dramatically the burden of HIV/AIDS around the world.
The new Administration has an opportunity to continue U.S. leadership in global health through smart policy and efficient coordination of the investments allocated by Congress. Here are five key areas to consider.
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