Cross Cutting Areas

Many USAID programs operate with a multiple-disease focus. By linking traditionally separate areas through a "cross-cutting" approach, the Agency can create programs with lasting and greater impact on the outcomes of several diseases.


Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact

USAID is working to promote and reinforce innovative, business-minded approaches and solutions to accelerate impact against some of the world’s most important health challenges, convening industry experts and academic thought leaders to inform our thinking. Under the Global Health Bureau, CII leads and supports 4 of USAID’s 9 Grand Challenges for Development.

Health Research

USAID is committed to addressing some of the world's most challenging health and development issues through research, introduction and scale-up of evidence-based solutions. Investments in research and development have led to critical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of deadly global diseases.


Social and Behavior Change

Through social and behavior change activities, USAID and its partners raise awareness, reduce misinformation and address the barriers that prevent individuals, families and communities from practicing lifesaving behaviors to improve health outcomes.

Digital Health

The adoption of digital health tools to advance global health is increasing. This trend is allowing healthcare professionals to better connect with public health experts and patients. It is also making it easier to collect, share, analyze and use health data to save and improve people’s lives.


The Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS Program)

Since 1984, USAID has led The Demographic and Health Surveys Program (DHS Program). The DHS Program provides technical assistance for the implementation of more than 320 household- and facility-based surveys in 90 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and Eastern Europe. These surveys are the global benchmark for understanding health, population, and nutrition trends in low- and middle-income countries.

Supply Chain Program

The timely delivery of health commodities to those in need saves lives and promotes well-being. USAID works with country partners and suppliers worldwide to support cost-effective and efficient supply chain systems in countries across the globe to achieve the health priorities set by the U.S. Government and national governments.


Health Financing

Countries use both public and private sources to finance the health needs of their citizens. The last 50 years have seen a historic five-fold increase in gross domestic product per capita in the world. As a result of this trend, more and more countries that used to depend on foreign aid to finance their health budgets, are now mobilizing their own domestic resources, including tax revenues and local private capital. USAID is working with partner governments to increase domestic financing for health, leverage various types of funding and promote self-reliance.

Private Sector Engagement

Partnering with the private sector can offer more healthcare options, scale-up programs, expand reach, increase cost-efficiency and spur innovation to save and improve lives. Many USAID programs in infectious diseases, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS partner with the private sector and leverage its inventiveness, know-how, expertise and distribution networks to expand access to health services and commodities. Private companies also partner with USAID to donate medicines to populations in need.

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Last updated: April 05, 2018

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