Strategic Priorities

USAID’s global health programs save lives, protect people most vulnerable to disease and promote the stability of communities and nations, while advancing American security and prosperity. We do so by strengthening health systems in the countries we work in and focusing our interventions around three strategic priorities: 1) Preventing child and maternal deaths; 2) Controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and 3) Combating infectious diseases.

Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths

Preventing child and maternal deaths remains one of USAID’s three health priorities. We work toward this by encouraging political and financial support from our priority countries while simultaneously strengthening, reforming and maximizing the efficiency of our own programs. In 2016 alone, we reached 82 million women and children with essential, and often life saving, health services.

Controlling the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Since 1986, USAID's HIV/AIDS program has been on the forefront of the global AIDS crisis. As a key implementer of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), USAID provides global leadership; supports country-led efforts; and applies science, technology and innovation to support the implementation of cost-effective, sustainable and appropriately integrated HIV/AIDS interventions at scale to achieve HIV/AIDS epidemic control.

Through PEPFAR, more than 14 million people are on lifesaving antiretroviral treatment; 85.5 million people have received HIV testing and counseling, including more than 11.2 million pregnant women; 6.4 million orphans and vulnerable children have received care and support; and more than 250,000 health care workers have been trained to deliver HIV and other health services.

Combating Infectious Diseases

For decades, USAID has led in the control and prevention of infectious diseases. Today, USAID-funded programs have achieved tremendous success in the fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, pandemic influenza and other emerging threats.

Working with ministries of health, partners and communities, USAID reaches poor, marginalized and vulnerable people to prevent and treat infectious diseases. In our increasingly interconnected society, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. USAID leverages partnerships to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and mitigate their consequences.

Last updated: June 02, 2019

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