USAID’s global health efforts, grounded in investments in health systems strengthening and breakthrough innovation, are focused around three strategic priorities: Preventing child and maternal deaths; controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and combating infectious diseases. Learn more about our different health areas below.

Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths

Through efforts in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, and nutrition, USAID works to prevent child and maternal deaths by helping women and children access essential, and often life saving, health services.

Family Planning and Reproductive Health

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advances and supports voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs in nearly 40 countries across the globe.

Maternal and Child Health

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USAID's maternal and child health programs work to ensure that all women and children have the same chance of a healthy life, regardless of where they are born.

Malaria

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USAID has been committed to fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with the governments of malaria endemic countries to strengthen their capacity to prevent and treat the disease.

Nutrition

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Good nutrition is essential to the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and entire nations. Nutrition is core to the development objectives USAID works to achieve every day.

Combating Infectious Diseases

In an increasingly interconnected society, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. For decades, USAID has been a leader in the fight against infectious diseases, including malaria, through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative; HIV/AIDS, through PEPFAR; tuberculosis; neglected tropical diseases; pandemic influenza, and other global health security challenges.

Tuberculosis

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USAID focuses their international investments on strengthening tuberculosis (TB) programs in 23 countries with high rates of TB, drug-resistant TB and HIV-associated TB.

Neglected Tropical Diseases

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 USAID focuses on 7 of the most prevalent neglected tropical diseases, includnig onchoerciasis, lymphatic filiaris, trachoma, helminthiasis, and schistomsomiasis

Global Health Security

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Epidemic-prone infectious disease threats do not respect national boundaries and can spread rapidly, jeopardizing the health, security, and prosperity of every country — including the United States.

Controlling the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Since 1986, USAID's HIV/AIDS program has been on the forefront of the global AIDS crisis, providing strategic direction, leadership, and expertise to help control one of the world’s most serious public health challenges.

HIV and AIDS

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The Office of HIV/AIDS provides global leadership to maximize the impact of USAID's overall response to HIV and AIDS. USAID also supports country-led efforts to combat the complex challenges of HIV and AIDS in 35 countries around the world.

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