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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 can prevent and withstand crisis.

USAID’s global health efforts are focused 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

In 2012, USAID convened governments and global leaders around an achievable goal: ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Since then, 178 governments and civil society organizations have pledged to renew efforts to reduce maternal and child deaths. Since 2008, USAID's efforts have helped save the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 women, and in 2016 alone, we reached 82 million women and children with essential and often life saving, health services.

Through efforts in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria and nutrition, USAID works to prevent child and maternal deaths. USAID's maternal and child survival programs are concentrated in 25 focus countries with the highest need, demonstrable commitment and the potential to leverage resources from the public and private sectors to improve health outcomes.

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 13.3 million people are on life-saving antiretroviral treatment; 85.5 million people receive HIV testing and counseling, including more than 11.2 million pregnant women; 6.4 million orphans and vulnerable children receive care and support; and more than 250,000 healthcare workers have been trained to deliver HIV and other health services.

Combating Infectious Diseases

For decades, USAID has been a leader 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 programs reach 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.

Our investments in global health are:

Saving lives and improving health. Together with other donors, country partners and the private sector, we are making significant progress in global health. Since 1990, our work has saved the lives of 100 million children and significantly decreased the number of deaths from infectious diseases.

Mitigating infectious disease outbreaks. The United States plays a leadership role in preventing and responding to infectious disease outbreaks, which contributes to saving lives and building resilient partners and allies.

Fostering innovation and American ingenuity. Investments in research and innovation are critical to improving health across the globe. USAID provides significant support and leadership in product development, with innovations that have roots in U.S. universities and educational institutions as well as American companies, including Coca-Cola, Google, Intel, and IBM.

Related Resources

Map of American Institutions Partnering with USAID to Advance Global Health

USAID's Programs in Global Health [PDF, 2.0MB]

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Last updated: August 01, 2019

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