The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Ga., USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Since 2013, we have been ranked among the five largest nonprofit organizations in the United States by Forbes, due to significant in-kind contributions of medicines from pharmaceutical companies.
The Task Force consists of eight programs and five projects focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, and health systems strengthening.
"The Task Force for Global Health has been characterized by leaders who care enough, know enough, will do enough, and will persevere until the job is done."
– David Satcher, MD, PhD, Former U.S. Surgeon General
The Task Force provides administrative, financial, and human resources services needed for programmatic success. The Task Force also plays essential convening roles for the programs and helps them advocate to funders and partners.
Our programs share a common collaborative approach in all of their work. The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center works closely with the International Trachoma Initiative, Mectizan Donation Program, and Children Without Worms programs to conduct operational research necessary to reach control and elimination goals for blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and intestinal worms. In addition, the Public Health Informatics Institute works with programs across The Task Force to use health information more effectively.
As an Emory University affiliate, we benefit from the close association with a leading academic institution. All of our team members are Emory University employees.
Our programs and projects currently reach hundreds of millions of people in 151 countries. For more about our work, visit Our Work and Impact.
WHY ARE WE CALLED THE TASK FORCE?
The Task Force was founded in 1984 to work on a single global health issue–low childhood immunization rates in developing countries. We have endured for more than 30 years because of the great need for our services, especially our ability to mobilize partnerships and focus resources and expertise on global health problems.