The Passion, Activism and Stamina of Global Health Heroes
FY2021 Annual Report
Into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 5.5 million people have died. The toll is among the worst outbreaks in history and the number of cases and deaths continues to climb. The burden extends beyond lives lost, with impacts on education, livelihoods, and mental, physical and social health that will only be understood years from now.
In the midst of all this suffering, one thing stands out. Every day, despite the challenges, fatigue and uncertainty, in communities around the world, people are working hard to save and improve lives.
This is the essence of mettle.
met·tle /ˈmedl/ noun
A person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.
In honor of all those showing their mettle, this year’s annual report highlights individuals who inspire us. From health workers to community members to government officials to activists to scientists to donors, they remind us that, even in the most trying times, our individual actions have a collective impact.
As an organization rooted in collaboration, we are thrilled to shine a light on Task Force partners, allies and others working alongside our programs to advance health equity.
We hope the people highlighted below will inspire you as they do us.
THE STORY BEHIND THE STORIES
Click on the video for a message from our Board Chair and our CEO.
making a difference in their part of the world.
Nicholas Mutale & Lubasi Sundano
These stories, and the events of the past year, also remind us that we can always improve. With nearly 40 years of experience in more than 150 countries, The Task Force is contributing to global efforts to strengthen systems for disease surveillance, outbreak control, treatment, and vaccine access. Our increased focus on domestic and global advocacy seeks to advance policies and programs that enable all people to achieve their full potential. In addition, our Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) has hosted a series of initiatives, including the Faces of Global Health series, to promote equity and improve diversity and inclusion in both our organization and community.
GLOBAL & U.S. FEDERAL POLICY
As a formal partner of the World Health Organization and the United Nations, through our non-State actor agreement, The Task Force has actively engaged in global negotiations to improve pandemic response and preparedness. Task Force experts spoke this year at the World Health Assembly, regional meetings, and the UN Human Rights Commission. In select national forums, The Task Force has advocated for strong public health systems and vaccine delivery programs in low- and middle-income countries.
CODE: Council for Opportunity, Diversity & Equity
The Task Force for Global Health’s Council for Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) group launched a panel series called the Faces of Global Health to highlight the diversity of experiences and promote inclusion in public health. Six different panels explored questions about how one’s race, history, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or disabilities affect their experience working in public health. CODE’s mission is for The Task Force to become a role model by being actively engaged in diversity and equity efforts, and to help foster a sense of belonging in our organization and community through education, action, and public health services.
WHERE WE WORK
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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
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Teri Plummer McClure, JD
Retired SVP of Labor & Relationships,
Kent Alexander, JD
Author and Attorney
Walter Deriso, Jr., JD
Atlantic Capital Bank
James Jackson, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Director,
Rotary Club Member and Real Estate Development
Charles “Pete” McTier
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Walter Orenstein, MD, MPH
Emory University School of Medicine
Partner, Ernst & Young
David A. Ross, ScD
Chief Executive Officer & President
OUR FUNDING PARTNERS & DONORS
The Task Force for Global Health is grateful for the generosity of our funding partners and donors.
The following individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations contributed $1,000 or more in FY21 (September 2020 to August 2021).
African Society for Laboratory Medicine
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
American Endowment Foundation
Ascension Global Mission
Asian Liver Center, Stanford University
Bayer U.S. LLC, Pharmaceuticals
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Brothers Brother Foundation
Bruyere Research Institute
Center for Compassionate Leadership
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Dispensary of Hope
Eagle Medical Services
European Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations
International Federation of Pharmaceutic Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
Johnson & Johnson
Kay Family Foundation
La Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado (ALEH)
Latter-day Saint Charities
Merck & Co., Inc., (known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada)
Meiners Minerals Partners
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National Health Institute
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roche Molecular Systems
Sanofi Espoir Foundation
Sasakawa Health Foundation
Supplies Over Seas
Taiwan Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Templeton World Charity Foundation
The John C. Martin Foundation
The Latin American Foundation
U.K. Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (UK Aid)
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Department of State
U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
United Nations Children’s Fund
World Health Organization
Alan & Lucy Hinman
Angela & James Gannon
Charles & Marcy McTier
Dave & Barbara Ross
David J Hall
Debby & Tim Coleman
Hong Ju Lee
Jack & Anna Cantlin
James & Juanita Curran
Jane & Wayne Thorpe
John Kasuba Estate
Joseph & Leighton Feczko
Kent & Diane Alexander
Ralph & Ilze Henderson
Sharon M. Tsai
Teri & Roderick McClure
Timothy & Barbara Whall
Walter M. Deriso
Walter & Diane Orenstein
Photo Courtesy of Maruf for Children Without Worms.
This annual report was designed by Priya Palani, produced by Gabriella Corrigan, and written by Christa Bugg, Gabriella Corrigan, Lynn Heinisch, Andi Kezh, Priya Palani, and Sumon Ray.