IN A YEAR THAT CALLED FOR ACTION
FY2020 ANNUAL REPORT
The year started off like many others, with Task Force teams setting goals to eliminate diseases, ensure access to vaccines and essential medicines, and strengthen health systems in more than 150 countries. Little did we know what the year held in store.
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. By then more than 4,000 people had died, there were 118,000 cases in 114 countries, and life in many places came to a screeching halt with lockdowns and social restrictions.
Months later, as the death toll climbed and the pandemic undermined every aspect of life, public outrage in the U.S. over the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor spotlighted systemic racism and the inequities that fuel the disproportionate burden of poor health on communities of color.
In this time of crisis, The Task Force was well-positioned to respond. In some cases we pivoted our work but many of our programs did exactly what they were designed to do, drawing upon our core values: global health equity and social justice; collaboration; consequential compassion; and stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.
Scroll down to follow our journey as we navigated this unprecedented year.
Click on the video for a message from our Board Chair and our CEO.
Photo caption: Dave Ross and Teri McClure greeting community members in Chikwawa District, Malawi. Courtesy of Billy Weeks.
WHERE WE WORK
The four tabs below show maps of the 150+ countries where we work, grouped by program types. Scroll over the countries in white for program details.*
*Global programs are not country-specific and include Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.
The Task Force’s 35+ years of experience and depth of expertise enabled us to contribute in many ways to global, national, and local efforts to control the pandemic. We and our partners coordinated the distribution of more than 9 million essential medical supplies; trained and equipped epidemiologists on disease surveillance and response; provided guidance on harmonizing safety data collection in vaccine trials; informed development of supplemental tools for contact tracing; and helped countries navigate disruptions to treatment for other diseases and prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines. In our home base of Atlanta, we served as local public health advisors and hosted our first virtual-run fundraiser to support Black Lives Matter and a community clinic serving refugees and others hard-hit by COVID-19.
The stories here illustrate ways we stepped up to navigate the twists and turns of this unprecedented year, drawing from our core values and core mission.
Click any program logo to learn more about our work. Click on tabs above logos to view programs by type.
Teri Plummer McClure, JD
Retired SVP of Labor & Relationships,
Kent Alexander, JD
Author and Attorney
Walter Deriso, Jr., JD,
Atlanta Capital Bank
Executive Managing Director,
Cushman & Wakefield
James Jackson, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Director,
Charles “Pete” McTier
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Walter Orenstein, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
David A. Ross, ScD
Chief Executive Officer & President
David A. Ross, ScD
Chief Executive Officer & President
William P. Nichols, MPA
Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Lynn Heinisch, MA
Chief External Relations Officer
Mark McKinlay, PhD
Center for Vaccine Equity
Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH
Health System Strengthening
Ellen Wild, MPH,
Chief Business Strategy Officer
OUR DONORS & FUNDING PARTNERS
The Task Force for Global Health is grateful for the generosity of our donors and funding partners.
The following individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations contributed $1,000 or more in FY20 (September 2019 to August 2020).
African Society for Laboratory Medicine
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Ascension Global Mission
Asian Liver Center, Stanford University
Bayer U.S. LLC
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brother’s Brother Foundation
Catholic Health Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Global Health Innovation
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Dispensary of Hope
Eagle Medical Services
European Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Global Health Crisis Center
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
Ina Kay Foundation
International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations
International Federation of Pharmaceutic Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co., Inc., (Known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada)
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pan American Health Organization
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roche Molecular Systems
Sanofi Espoir Foundation
Sasakawa Health Foundation
Supplies Over Seas
Templeton World Charity Foundation
The End Fund
The Fred Hollows Foundation
The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center
The John C. Martin Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation
U.K. Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (UK Aid)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI)
U.S. State Department
United Nations Children’s Fund
World Health Organization
Alan & Lucy Hinman
Debby and Tim Coleman
James & Juanita Curran
Jane & Wayne Thorpe
Timothy & Barbara Whall
Walter & Diane Orenstein
Photo Courtesy of Anu Laxmi for the NTD Support Center.
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PHII COVID-19 Resources
Podcast: Vivian Singletary on digital contact tracing for COVID-19
This annual report was designed by Priya Palani, MBA, and written by Lynn Heinisch, MA, and Gabriella Corrigan.