For over 50 years, USAID’s global health programs have saved lives, protected people most vulnerable to disease, and promoted the stability of communities and nations, while advancing American security and prosperity. America is safer and stronger when people can live healthy and productive lives and when nations around the world are self-reliant and resilient.
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.
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.
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; and emerging infectious diseases and other global health security threats.