About Us

The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nongovernmental organization based in Decatur, GA, USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. We improve health conditions for vulnerable populations around the world, especially people living in poverty. Our programs focus on controlling and eliminating debilitating diseases and building durable systems that protect and promote health.

Since 2013, we have been ranked among the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States by Forbes, due to significant in-kind contributions of medicines that we receive each year from pharmaceutical companies.

 

Since our founding, we have also positively affected a broad range of global health problems. Our contributions include:

  • Raising childhood immunization rates in developing countries from 20 to 80 percent from 1984 to 1990;
  • Partnering with the pharmaceutical industry to receive essential medicines valued at billion of dollars annually for the elimination of neglected tropical diseases;
  • Focusing international attention on the importance of collaboration and compassion in global health;
  • Helping increase access to treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis for the world’s poor;
  • Supporting the design and implementation of strong immunization records systems within U.S. public health departments;
  • Managing the largest disease mapping project ever undertaken, the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, using a smartphone-based application that we developed called LINKS;
  • Supporting the simultaneous global “switch” of the type of oral polio vaccine used in routine immunizations, which is a vital step in eradicating polio;
  • Developing a comprehensive integrated strategy for cholera prevention and control that is being used to fight the disease globally;
  • Strengthening U.S. preparedness to respond to disease outbreaks by guiding the automation of public health laboratories.

The Task Force Platform

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. We serve as the secretariat or hub for six major global health coalitions. In addition, many of our programs work closely together to reach public health goals.

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 154 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 three decades because of the great need for our services, especially our ability to mobilize partnerships and focus resources and expertise on global health problems.

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