Global Health

  • The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History launches Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, an exhibit on epidemic disease threats worldwide. Learn about USAID's response to disease outbreaks and what we are doing to prevent, mitigate and respond.

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  • World Malaria Day 2018: Ready to Beat Malaria

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  • Meet our new cohort of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows at USAID!

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  • USAID recognizes World TB day and the fight to End TB.

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USAID rehabilitates Mamou Regional Hospital
Hospital Rehabilitation Brings Quality Health Services to Rural Guinea
Combating Zika: Hope for Teanny's Future
Combating Zika in Latin America
First MDR-TB Patient in Tajikistan is Cured Using Shorter Treatment Regimen
Shorter TB Treatment Regimen Breaks New Ground in Tajikistan

After 55 years of working in global health, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud of the progress made with many partners across the globe—improving health and saving lives in record numbers.

Strategic Priorities

USAID's global health programs have three strategic priorities that build on our success and focus our work, while building sustainable and resilient health systems in the poorest regions of the world.

Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths

Since 2008, USAID's efforts have helped save the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 women. Globally, child mortality has been cut in half since 1990: 18,000 more children will survive today than did on any day in 1990 – and 650 more mothers. Despite this, 5.9 million children and 303,000 women die every year, primarily from causes we know how to prevent.

Through efforts in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, and nutrition, USAID is working 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. Together, these countries account for more than two-thirds of maternal and child deaths worldwide and half the global unmet need for family planning.

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

While scores of infectious diseases continue to threaten humankind, USAID-led efforts through the Emerging Pandemic Threats program are strengthening health systems around the world by building better capacity to detect outbreaks, mitigate transmission, and prevent epidemics. Though still a critical issue, the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) has declined by nearly 50 percent since 1990, and in 2015 alone, USAID successfully treated nearly 3 million people for TB and started more than 70,000 on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) regimens. Over the past 10 years, USAID has delivered over 1.6 billion treatments to about 750 million people affected by neglected tropical diseases, a group of parasitic and bacterial infections that cause profound suffering.

Working with Global Partners

The U.S. Government has pledged its support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. The SDGs formulate a global agenda for the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. SDG 3 refers specifically to improving health and well-being worldwide, and USAID works with global partners toward achieving this goal by investing in a number of cross-cutting issues that have direct impact on health outcomes.

Moreover, investments in global health protect Americans at home and abroad, strengthen fragile or failing states, and promote social and economic progress. USAID encourages sustainable systems within countries and regional mentorship between countries, working collaboratively through partnerships to solve global problems.

Related Resources

Map of American Institutions Partnering with USAID to Advance Global Health

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

Combating Infectious Diseases Fact Sheet [PDF, 3.3MB]

EPCMD Fact Sheet

2017 Acting on the Call Report

50 Years of Global Health

Global Health Strategic Framework

Gloal Health E-newsletters and Highlights

Users Guide to USAID/Washington Health Programs

Last updated: May 21, 2018

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