Projects and Partnerships
For over 50 years, USAID investments have served as a catalyst to leverage new ideas, mobilize resources, and accelerate global progress by uniting diverse partners around a common goal of saving the lives of women, newborns, and children. We work with national governments, community and faith-based organizations, the private sector, colleges and universities, and non-governmental organizations, along with many others to leverage diverse perspectives.
Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance:
USAID partners with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, (Gavi) to provide life-saving vaccines, health system strengthening, and targeted technical assistance across the globe. As one of Gavi's longstanding donors, USAID has directly contributed to progress in immunization coverage, providing more than $2 billion in support to Gavi since 2001.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative:
USAID has played a critical role in eradicating polio, providing both financial and technical assistance in support of The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) global eradication strategy. The financial support and technical leadership provided by USAID to GPEI’s Endgame and Strategy Plan aims to detect and interrupt all polio transmission, strengthen immunization systems, and begin a phased withdrawal of oral polio vaccines, along with a plan for a post-eradication world and compliance with International Health Regulations.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
USAID’s global health funding to UNICEF supports programming in three main areas: (a) maternal, newborn, and child health, (b) public health emergency preparedness and infectious disease outbreak prevention and response activities, and (c) data collection and analysis to support global monitoring. With its global reach, robust procurement, supply operations, and relevant technical capacities, UNICEF has been among USAID’s major partners in the ongoing global COVID-19 response and the response to other infectious disease outbreaks.
World Health Organization:
USAID partners with the World Health Organization (WHO) on a variety of efforts that improve partner country capacity to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity. USAID’s partnership with WHO supports collaborative activities in a wide range of health-related activities, including infectious diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, safe motherhood, newborn health, child development and wellbeing, reproductive health, environmental health, tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDS.
The Demographic Health Surveys Program:
USAID pioneered the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program over 30 years ago. The DHS Program has provided technical assistance for the implementation of more than 320 household and facility surveys in 90 countries across the world. Data collected by the DHS Program allows Ministries of Health, USAID and partners to monitor trends across health program areas and set priorities for funding, interventions, and policy changes.
Immunization Agenda 2030:
IA2030 sets an ambitious, overarching global vision and strategy for vaccines and immunization for the decade 2021–2030. Drawing on lessons learned, acknowledges continuing and new challenges posed by infectious diseases, and capitalizes on new opportunities to meet those challenges, IA2030 positions immunization as a fundamental right for health and well-being. USAID participates in several working groups under the agenda and contributes technical expertise.
USAID-Department of Defense Collaboration:
USAID and the Department of Defense have been partners since the 1960s. Together we work to align policies, planning, programming, learning, and outreach to advance U.S. foreign policy. USAID, the Department of Defense, and the United States Government joined the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access initiative in January 2021, and have committed to supplying 1 billion Pfizer doses to low and middle income countries.
Programming and investments collectively come together in each USAID priority country to strengthen health care delivery platforms to improve health outcomes for women, newborns, and children. Many of the projects below receive multiple types of health funds—including financial support from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, the U.S. international family planning assistance budget, and U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—in addition to USAID’s maternal and child health funds.
MOMENTUM— Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services to Scale—is a suite of projects that works in partnership with countries to scale up health interventions and improve the overall health and well-being of mothers, children, families, and communities.
USAID Advancing Nutrition works to improve the nutrition and health status of vulnerable populations by addressing the root causes of malnutrition. This project aims to save lives, improve health, build resilience, and advance development with a focus on building local capacity, supporting behavior change, and strengthening the enabling environment for nutrition.
Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors—from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to improved complementary feeding—by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change.
The Child Health Task Force is a network of global and country-based organizations, including more than 6,000 individuals from over 150 countries, working to support countries to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for children. Created in 2017, the Task Force aims to generate and disseminate evidence and support countries to implement equitable, comprehensive, and integrated primary health care programs that will lead to better outcomes for children ages 0–19 years of age.
Launched in 2023 by a coalition of partners, Child Survival Action is a renewed call to all stakeholders—national governments, civic and traditional leaders, communities, and regional and global organizations—to end preventable child deaths. The initiative urges partners to join hands to address the programmatic and health system challenges that hamper progress in child survival, especially in countries not on track to meet their 2030 targets.
The CORE Group Partners Project is a multi-country, multi-partner initiative providing financial and technical support for strengthening host country efforts to eradicate polio, strengthen surveillance of zoonotic diseases, and control the spread of COVID-19. For over 20 years, this USAID flagship project, which initially only focused on polio eradication, has since used its infrastructure to respond to existing and new health challenges to advance the U.S. Government's Global Health Security Agenda.
Enhancing Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning in the Health Sector:
Enhancing Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning in the Health Sector (NuMERAL) seeks to support and promote the collaborative generation and use of evidence in human nutrition and local capacity strengthening for nutrition monitoring, evaluation, research, research utilization, and learning in the health sector.
Enhancing Local Efforts for Vital, Transformative, and Evidence-Based Nutrition:
Enhancing Local Efforts for Vital, Transformative, and Evidence-Based Nutrition (ELEVATE) is a cooperative agreement designed to take a multi-sectoral approach to nutrition, focusing on bridging the gap between global evidence and local implementation. ELEVATE will build upon work conducted through USAID Advancing Nutrition and past nutrition investments. The activity’s objective is to advance local implementation of high quality programs and policies to improve the nutritional status of women and children.
Global Health Program Evaluation, Analysis, Research and Learning:
Global Health Program Evaluation, Analysis, Research and Learning (GH PEARL) contributes to effective generation and use of data to strengthen policies and program implementation to improve health and save lives in USAID partner countries. GH PEARL works to improve the quality, availability, and timeliness of evidence (including the development of robust metrics, methods, guidance and tools and synthesis of knowledge and evidence) and to strengthen the capacity of local organizations and institutions.
Global Health Supply Chain - Procurement and Supply Management enhances the health care experience in the communities we serve through transformative supply chain solutions by working closely with country partners and suppliers worldwide to promote wellbeing and help countries develop sustainable supply chain systems.
USAID Global Health Supply Chain Control Tower:
The Control Tower (CT) provides a holistic commercial off the shelf solution which combines technical, data analytics, change management, and supply chain expertise. The CT is responsible for data flows ranging from storing supply plan data and order processing to predictive analysis and dashboard development—all in support of greater end-to-end visibility, better decision making, and effective oversight.
Data for Impact supports countries to generate and use high-quality data to improve their programs, policies, and—ultimately—health outcomes. The project also strengthens the technical and organizational capacity of country partners to collect, analyze, and use data to support their sustainable development.
The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development Project works to leverage a global partnership to generate, synthesize, and use evidence to improve policy and program implementation in love and middle-income countries.
USAIDs Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS )#2 seeks to enhance global learning and adoption of the evidence-based development programming needed to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #6. WASHPaLS #2 works with partners to support the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector address challenges to quality, equity, sustainability, and scale of sustainable sanitation services and adoption of sound hygienic practices, particularly in rural areas.
Urban Resilience by Building Partnerships and Applying New Evidence in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) generates evidence to promote impactful, sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient WASH policy and programming in urban and peri-urban areas. The project partners with local, regional, and global WASH and urban resilience stakeholders to conduct implementation research and ensure broad uptake of lessons learned.
Rural Evidence and Learning for Water supports policymakers, development partners, and service providers to make strategic decisions and implement best practices for water management through implementation research. It ensures coordination with USAID programs contributing to the WASH and Water Resources Management knowledge base, in alignment with the USAID Water for the World Implementation Research Agenda.