PURE METTLE

The Passion, Activism and Stamina of Global Health Heroes

FY2021 Annual Report

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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.

Picture of Teri McClure

Teri McClure

Board Chair

Picture of David Ross

David Ross

President & CEO

INDIVIDUAL EFFORTS

COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Click an icon to learn about an everyday hero
making a difference in their part of the world.


Nathan Chomilo
Minnesota, USA

Bwambale Arafat
Uganda



Barbara Law 

Ecuador

Jacqueline Osido
Kenya


Nadia Noreen

Pakistan

Charlotte Hammer
Finland

Lise Ellyin
Mozambique

Simione Vontade
Mozambique

Esther Mandara
Lesotho


Joaquín Baruch
Malta

Daniel Bangura
Sierra Leone

Burmaa Alexander
Mongolia

Zerihun Tadesse
Ethiopia


Jacob Danboyi
Nigeria

James Mahoney
California, USA

Ellen Baker
Texas, USA

Florence Wakesho
Kenya


Margaret Gyapong
Ghana

Nicholas Mutale & Lubasi Sundano
Zambia


Hollman Miller
Colombia

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.

OUR PROGRAMS

  • OVERVIEW

  • The Task Force for Global Health, based in Atlanta and founded nearly 40 years ago to advance health equity, has 17 programs that work with partners in more than 150 countries to eliminate diseases, ensure access to vaccines and essential medicines, and strengthen health systems to protect populations.

    Click on the programs to the left to learn more.

    Photo: Community members receiving services to eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Ethiopia; photo courtesy of Chelsea Toledo for NTD-SC.

  • Brighton Collaboration

  • The Brighton Collaboration seeks to build trust in vaccine safety through rigorous science. More at brightoncollaboration.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Barbara Law

    Vaccine safety expert combs through reams of data to inform protocols and guidance protecting people from COVID-19.

    IMPACT

    3 billion

    people received the safest possible COVID-19 vaccines in FY2021 as a result of the Brighton Collaboration’s efforts to create harmonized guidelines for collection of data on potential side effects

  • Children Without Worms

  • Children Without Worms (CWW) aims to eliminate soil-transmitted helminths (STH) as a public health problem by engaging with national deworming programs, strengthening partnerships through the STH Coalition, and providing scientific leadership for evidence-based program improvements. CWW is the secretariat for the STH Coalition and STH Advisory Committee. More at childrenwithoutworms.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Florence Wakesho

    A hard-working public health leader in Kenya shows the impact of a powerful woman fighting diseases in her country.

  • Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination

  • The Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) works to eliminate viral hepatitis by strengthening the capacity of elimination programs around the world through technical assistance, knowledge generation, and advocacy among partners. More at globalhep.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Bwambale Arafat

    The abuse of a beloved aunt due to misinformation about hepatitis inspired Bwambale Arafat to provide care, treatment, and education about the disease.

    IMPACT

    21

    virtual learning sessions hosted by CGHE that reached 2,200 registrants from 90 countries on topics such as introducing hepatitis B vaccination for newborns in African countries

  • CoVID -19 Vaccine Implementation Program

  • The CoVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program (CoVIP) helps low- and middle-income countries deploy and evaluate COVID-19 vaccines with the ultimate aim of establishing sustainable systems for adult immunization programs. CoVIP works with country partners throughout all stages of vaccine introduction, providing support through financial grants and direct technical assistance. More at taskforce.org/covip.

    FEATURE STORY
    Jacqueline Osido
    Nurse manager and immunization logistician Jacqueline Osido manages a small team of nurses and health workers protecting Kenyans against COVID-19.
    IMPACT

    37

    sub-awards distributed in FY21 for COVID-19 vaccine administration and vaccine systems development in low- and middle-income countries

  • Focus Area for Compassion & Ethics

  • The Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) is bringing compassion and ethics to the center of global health practice. The team’s work includes convening, consultation, research, and education. FACE initiatives help us to understand and address deeply-rooted and complex challenges in global health. More at taskforce.org/face.

    FEATURE STORY
    Zerihun Tadesse
    After 30 years in public health, Dr. Zerihun Tadesse embraced compassionate leadership as a way to be more effective. 
    IMPACT

    1,000+

    experts in 60+ countries joined webinars supported by FACE on compassion in global health

    500+

    U.S. federal workers on COVID-19 response participated in self-care programs led by FACE

  • Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

  • The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) accelerates progress toward a world with no leprosy—no disease, no disability, and no discrimination or stigma—by coordinating collaboration in research, working with national leprosy programs, and increasing advocacy and resource mobilization. More at zeroleprosy.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Simione Vontade

    Case by case, community by community, Simione Vontade teaches how  leprosy can be cured, treats people, and works to end the disease for good.

    IMPACT

    11

    countries’ National Leprosy Programmes have partnered with GPZL to develop country-led customized strategies that address local needs and priorities to end leprosy

  • Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition

  • The first-ever partnership for cross-campaign collaboration, the Health Campaign Effectiveness (HCE) Coalition, brings together country leaders, donors, multilateral organizations and NGOs working on large-scale health campaigns, as well as specialists in health systems, ethics, and health economics to identify, test and promote best practices and foster opportunities for shared resources. More at campaigneffectiveness.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Hollman Miller

    In Colombia’s Amazon rainforest, integrated health programs are key to improving life.

    IMPACT

    900+

    individuals from 50+ countries engaged in the HCE Coalition to identify, test and promote best practices and foster opportunities for shared resources

    20

    research studies in 24 countries supported by the HCE Coalition in FY21 to advance, promote, and invest in integrating health campaigns

  • International Trachoma Initiative

  • International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) contributes to the ultimate elimination of trachoma by stewarding Pfizer’s donation of Zithromax® to treat and prevent the condition; building and strengthening partnerships to accelerate progress; and developing innovative tools to share data. More at trachoma.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Nicholas Mutale & Lubasi Sundano

    United by a commitment to eliminate trachoma, two colleagues look forward to achieving their goal and protecting all Zambians: “That will be the best day! We’ll look back and say, that was teamwork.”

    IMPACT

    978+ million

    cumulative trachoma treatments shipped since the beginning of ITI

    21.5 million

    people no longer requiring trachoma treatment in fiscal year 2021 (between Sep. 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021)

  • Mectizan® Donation Program

  • The Mectizan® Donation Program (MDP) manages the donation of Mectizan by Merck & Co., Inc. for the elimination of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (LF). As the longest-running drug donation program of its kind, MDP ensures that Mectizan and albendazole (donated by GSK) reach communities where LF and river blindness are endemic. More at mectizan.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Jacob Danboyi

    Jacob Danboyi’s father lost his sight due to a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Danboyi now leads an NTD program in central Nigeria to protect and help others.

    IMPACT

    11 billion

    Mectizan tablets shipped as of December 2021 in the 34 years of MDP’s existence

  • MedSurplus Alliance

  • MSA is a cross-sector alliance of organizations that works collaboratively to improve access to quality donated medical products and supplies through donation program standards, and accreditation, capacity-building initiatives, technology solutions, and leadership. More at medsurplusalliance.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Ellen Baker, Esther Mandara, & Lise Ellyin

    Three women. Three countries. Three organizations. Collaborating to tackle one health challenge: cervical cancer.

    IMPACT

    $183+ million

    in life-saving medical supplies, equipment, and medications provided to low-income communities by MedSurplus Alliance Accredited Members and MSA Initiative Members through 1,214 qualified partners around the world

    4.5+ million

    pounds of excess quality medical supplies repurposed to provide vital care for individuals in need, a significant step towards strengthening healthcare delivery and sustainable practices

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) facilitates research on tools and techniques to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Its operational research coalition provides a platform for NTD researchers to identify common needs and share technical advances to maximize impact. More at cor-ntd.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Margaret Gyapong
    Award-winning researcher sets example for “up and coming” female scientists as she works to combat NTDs and social stigma for those affected.
    IMPACT

    271

    operational research studies on neglected tropical diseases supported by NTD-SC in 2021

  • Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction

  • The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) is a public/private program that works in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ministries of health, corporate partners, and others to create sustainable seasonal influenza vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries. PIVI’s work builds the immunization infrastructure critical for future influenza pandemics and other respiratory disease epidemics. More at pivipartners.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Burmaa Alexander
    Burmaa Alexander’s commitment and Mongolia’s five-year investment in vaccinating for influenza positioned the country to respond quickly with COVID-19 vaccines.
    IMPACT

    2.1 million

    doses of influenza vaccines secured for partner countries, including those purchased by governments in PIVI partner countries and those donated by PIVI

  • Public Health Informatics Institute

  • PHII works as an innovative leader in the field of public health informatics. It leverages the best practices of informatics to help domestic public health and global health organizations effectively use data and information to improve public health. More at phii.org.

    IMPACT

    60+

    U.S. cities, counties and states trained by PHII on data systems and processes to improve disease surveillance

    7

    Countries working with PHII and partners to identify and analyze causes of childhood death to inform programs and policies that reduce preventable deaths

  • Polio Eradication Center

  • POLIO ERADICATION
    CENTER

    The Center contributes to the polio eradication effort by supporting the development of antiviral agents, strengthening global polio surveillance and vaccination efforts, helping countries sustain current and post-eradication immunization programs, and supporting containment certification activities in the United States. More at taskforce.org/polio.

    FEATURE STORY
    Daniel Bangura
    Daniel Bangura and his team brave difficult terrain, vaccine hesitancy, and COVID-19 complications to tackle polio outbreaks in remote villages in Sierra Leone.
    IMPACT

    31.1 million

    children vaccinated across seven African countries by the Polio Eradication Center and partners in response to vaccine-derived polio outbreaks since 2019

  • TEPHINET

  • Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) strengthens public health systems in more than 100 countries by building, supporting, and connecting field-based training programs to enhance epidemiological capabilities and public health practices. More at tephinet.org.

    FEATURE STORIES
    Charlotte Hammer
    Joaquín Baruch
    Nadia Noreen
    IMPACT

    11,545+

    outbreaks or acute health events investigated by field epidemiology training program trainees and alumni since the start of TEPHINET

    200+

    grants awarded by TEPHINET for surveillance, program evaluation, and public health program activities

  • Universal Influenza Vaccine Funders Consortium

  • The initiative brings together major global organizations involved in universal influenza vaccine research and development to coordinate efforts to accelerate the development of next generation influenza vaccines. More at unifluvac.org.

    IMPACT

    21

    organizations, plus 17 industry members serve on special working groups collaborating to identify a universal influenza vaccine

  • Voices for Vaccines

  • Voices for Vaccines (VFV) is a parent-led organization that serves as a catalyst to spark positive parent-to-parent conversations about vaccines and the diseases they prevent by supporting communities, building networks, and developing fact-based content that enables parents to make healthy, informed decisions about vaccination for their children and their communities. More at voicesforvaccines.org.

    FEATURE STORY
    Nathan Chomilo

    What drives vaccine advocate, pediatrician, and Medicaid Medical Director Nathan Chomilo: “How can I better promote health equity and how can I better dismantle structural racism?”

    IMPACT

    200,000+

    families, advocates, and public health workers reached with vaccine information through VFV podcasts, social media channels, and newsletters to build awareness about vaccines

    11

    immunization coalitions supported by VFV, providing trainings on vaccine confidence to 100 volunteers

The Task Force for Global Health, based in Atlanta and founded nearly 40 years ago to advance health equity, has 17 programs that work with partners in more than 150 countries to eliminate diseases, ensure access to vaccines and essential medicines, and strengthen health systems to protect populations.

Click on the programs to the left to learn more.

Photo: Community members receiving services to eliminate onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Ethiopia; photo courtesy of Chelsea Toledo for NTD-SC.

The Brighton Collaboration seeks to build trust in vaccine safety through rigorous science. More at brightoncollaboration.org.

FEATURE STORY
Barbara Law

Vaccine safety expert combs through reams of data to inform protocols and guidance protecting people from COVID-19.

IMPACT

3 billion

people received the safest possible COVID-19 vaccines in FY2021 as a result of the Brighton Collaboration’s efforts to create harmonized guidelines for collection of data on potential side effects

Children Without Worms (CWW) aims to eliminate soil-transmitted helminths (STH) as a public health problem by engaging with national deworming programs, strengthening partnerships through the STH Coalition, and providing scientific leadership for evidence-based program improvements. CWW is the secretariat for the STH Coalition and STH Advisory Committee. More at childrenwithoutworms.org.

FEATURE STORY
Florence Wakesho

A hard-working public health leader in Kenya shows the impact of a powerful woman fighting diseases in her country.

The Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination (CGHE) works to eliminate viral hepatitis by strengthening the capacity of elimination programs around the world through technical assistance, knowledge generation, and advocacy among partners. More at globalhep.org.

FEATURE STORY
Bwambale Arafat

The abuse of a beloved aunt due to misinformation about hepatitis inspired Bwambale Arafat to provide care, treatment, and education about the disease.

IMPACT

21

virtual learning sessions hosted by CGHE that reached 2,200 registrants from 90 countries on topics such as introducing hepatitis B vaccination for newborns in African countries

The CoVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Program (CoVIP) helps low- and middle-income countries deploy and evaluate COVID-19 vaccines with the ultimate aim of establishing sustainable systems for adult immunization programs. CoVIP works with country partners throughout all stages of vaccine introduction, providing support through financial grants and direct technical assistance. More at taskforce.org/covip.

FEATURE STORY
Jacqueline Osido
Nurse manager and immunization logistician Jacqueline Osido manages a small team of nurses and health workers protecting Kenyans against COVID-19.
IMPACT

37

sub-awards distributed in FY21 for COVID-19 vaccine administration and vaccine systems development in low- and middle-income countries

The Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) is bringing compassion and ethics to the center of global health practice. The team’s work includes convening, consultation, research, and education. FACE initiatives help us to understand and address deeply-rooted and complex challenges in global health. More at taskforce.org/face.

FEATURE STORY
Zerihun Tadesse
After 30 years in public health, Dr. Zerihun Tadesse embraced compassionate leadership as a way to be more effective. 
IMPACT

1,000+

experts in 60+ countries joined webinars supported by FACE on compassion in global health

500+

U.S. federal workers on COVID-19 response participated in self-care programs led by FACE

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy (GPZL) accelerates progress toward a world with no leprosy—no disease, no disability, and no discrimination or stigma—by coordinating collaboration in research, working with national leprosy programs, and increasing advocacy and resource mobilization. More at zeroleprosy.org.

FEATURE STORY
Simione Vontade

Case by case, community by community, Simione Vontade teaches how  leprosy can be cured, treats people, and works to end the disease for good.

IMPACT

11

countries’ National Leprosy Programmes have partnered with GPZL to develop country-led customized strategies that address local needs and priorities to end leprosy

The first-ever partnership for cross-campaign collaboration, the Health Campaign Effectiveness (HCE) Coalition, brings together country leaders, donors, multilateral organizations and NGOs working on large-scale health campaigns, as well as specialists in health systems, ethics, and health economics to identify, test and promote best practices and foster opportunities for shared resources. More at campaigneffectiveness.org.

FEATURE STORY
Hollman Miller

In Colombia’s Amazon rainforest, integrated health programs are key to improving life.

IMPACT

900+

individuals from 50+ countries engaged in the HCE Coalition to identify, test and promote best practices and foster opportunities for shared resources

20

research studies in 24 countries supported by the HCE Coalition in FY21 to advance, promote, and invest in integrating health campaigns

International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) contributes to the ultimate elimination of trachoma by stewarding Pfizer’s donation of Zithromax® to treat and prevent the condition; building and strengthening partnerships to accelerate progress; and developing innovative tools to share data. More at trachoma.org.

FEATURE STORY
Nicholas Mutale & Lubasi Sundano

United by a commitment to eliminate trachoma, two colleagues look forward to achieving their goal and protecting all Zambians: “That will be the best day! We’ll look back and say, that was teamwork.”

IMPACT

978+ million

cumulative trachoma treatments shipped since the beginning of ITI

21.5 million

people no longer requiring trachoma treatment in fiscal year 2021 (between Sep. 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2021)

The Mectizan® Donation Program (MDP) manages the donation of Mectizan by Merck & Co., Inc. for the elimination of river blindness and lymphatic filariasis (LF). As the longest-running drug donation program of its kind, MDP ensures that Mectizan and albendazole (donated by GSK) reach communities where LF and river blindness are endemic. More at mectizan.org.

FEATURE STORY
Jacob Danboyi

Jacob Danboyi’s father lost his sight due to a neglected tropical disease (NTD). Danboyi now leads an NTD program in central Nigeria to protect and help others.

IMPACT

11 billion

Mectizan tablets shipped as of December 2021 in the 34 years of MDP’s existence

MSA is a cross-sector alliance of organizations that works collaboratively to improve access to quality donated medical products and supplies through donation program standards, and accreditation, capacity-building initiatives, technology solutions, and leadership. More at medsurplusalliance.org.

FEATURE STORY
Ellen Baker, Esther Mandara, & Lise Ellyin

Three women. Three countries. Three organizations. Collaborating to tackle one health challenge: cervical cancer.

IMPACT

$183+ million

in life-saving medical supplies, equipment, and medications provided to low-income communities by MedSurplus Alliance Accredited Members and MSA Initiative Members through 1,214 qualified partners around the world

4.5+ million

pounds of excess quality medical supplies repurposed to provide vital care for individuals in need, a significant step towards strengthening healthcare delivery and sustainable practices

Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) facilitates research on tools and techniques to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Its operational research coalition provides a platform for NTD researchers to identify common needs and share technical advances to maximize impact. More at cor-ntd.org.

FEATURE STORY
Margaret Gyapong
Award-winning researcher sets example for “up and coming” female scientists as she works to combat NTDs and social stigma for those affected.
IMPACT

271

operational research studies on neglected tropical diseases supported by NTD-SC in 2021

The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI) is a public/private program that works in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ministries of health, corporate partners, and others to create sustainable seasonal influenza vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries. PIVI’s work builds the immunization infrastructure critical for future influenza pandemics and other respiratory disease epidemics. More at pivipartners.org.

FEATURE STORY
Burmaa Alexander
Burmaa Alexander’s commitment and Mongolia’s five-year investment in vaccinating for influenza positioned the country to respond quickly with COVID-19 vaccines.
IMPACT

2.1 million

doses of influenza vaccines secured for partner countries, including those purchased by governments in PIVI partner countries and those donated by PIVI

PHII works as an innovative leader in the field of public health informatics. It leverages the best practices of informatics to help domestic public health and global health organizations effectively use data and information to improve public health. More at phii.org.

IMPACT

60+

U.S. cities, counties and states trained by PHII on data systems and processes to improve disease surveillance

7

Countries working with PHII and partners to identify and analyze causes of childhood death to inform programs and policies that reduce preventable deaths

POLIO ERADICATION
CENTER

The Center contributes to the polio eradication effort by supporting the development of antiviral agents, strengthening global polio surveillance and vaccination efforts, helping countries sustain current and post-eradication immunization programs, and supporting containment certification activities in the United States. More at taskforce.org/polio.

FEATURE STORY
Daniel Bangura
Daniel Bangura and his team brave difficult terrain, vaccine hesitancy, and COVID-19 complications to tackle polio outbreaks in remote villages in Sierra Leone.
IMPACT

31.1 million

children vaccinated across seven African countries by the Polio Eradication Center and partners in response to vaccine-derived polio outbreaks since 2019

Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) strengthens public health systems in more than 100 countries by building, supporting, and connecting field-based training programs to enhance epidemiological capabilities and public health practices. More at tephinet.org.

FEATURE STORIES
Charlotte Hammer
Joaquín Baruch
Nadia Noreen
IMPACT

11,545+

outbreaks or acute health events investigated by field epidemiology training program trainees and alumni since the start of TEPHINET

200+

grants awarded by TEPHINET for surveillance, program evaluation, and public health program activities

The initiative brings together major global organizations involved in universal influenza vaccine research and development to coordinate efforts to accelerate the development of next generation influenza vaccines. More at unifluvac.org.

IMPACT

21

organizations, plus 17 industry members serve on special working groups collaborating to identify a universal influenza vaccine

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) is a parent-led organization that serves as a catalyst to spark positive parent-to-parent conversations about vaccines and the diseases they prevent by supporting communities, building networks, and developing fact-based content that enables parents to make healthy, informed decisions about vaccination for their children and their communities. More at voicesforvaccines.org.

FEATURE STORY
Nathan Chomilo

What drives vaccine advocate, pediatrician, and Medicaid Medical Director Nathan Chomilo: “How can I better promote health equity and how can I better dismantle structural racism?”

IMPACT

200,000+

families, advocates, and public health workers reached with vaccine information through VFV podcasts, social media channels, and newsletters to build awareness about vaccines

11

immunization coalitions supported by VFV, providing trainings on vaccine confidence to 100 volunteers

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 color for program details.*
  • All

  •  

     *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

  • Eliminate Diseases

  • The countries below show where we work with partners to eliminate diseases.

     

     *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

  • Ensure Access to Vaccines

  • The countries below show where we work with partners to ensure access to vaccines.

     

     *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

  • Strengthen Health Systems

  • The countries below show where we work with partners to strengthen health systems.

     

     *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

 

 *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

The countries below show where we work with partners to eliminate diseases.

 

 *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

The countries below show where we work with partners to ensure access to vaccines.

 

 *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

The countries below show where we work with partners to strengthen health systems.

 

 *Certain global programs are not country-specific, including the Brighton Collaboration, the Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics, Voices for Vaccines, and the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Vaccine Development.

LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE TEAM

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
Director,
Center for Vaccine Equity

Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH
Head,
Health System Strengthening

Ellen Wild, MPH
Chief Business Strategy Officer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Teri Plummer McClure, JD
Retired SVP of Labor & Relationships,
UPS

Kent Alexander, JD
Author and Attorney

Walter Deriso, Jr., JD
Chairman,
Atlantic Capital Bank

James Jackson, MBA
Chief Marketing Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Deborah Kilpatrick, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Director,
Evidation Health

Geeta Manek
Rotary Club Member and Real Estate Development

Charles “Pete” McTier
Retired President, 
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

Walter Orenstein, MD, MPH
Professor,
Emory University School of Medicine

Bushra Sayed-Ganguly
Partner, Ernst & Young

David A. Ross, ScD
Chief Executive Officer & President

FY2021 FINANCIALS

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).

Abbott Laboratories
Abbvie
African Society for Laboratory Medicine
American Academy
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
BioScience
Brothers Brother Foundation
Bruyere Research Institute
Center for Compassionate Leadership

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Foundation
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Common Practice
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Dexcom
Dispensary of Hope
Eagle Medical Services
Eisai Co.
Emory University
European Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Gilead Sciences

GlaxoSmithKline
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Hiroshima University
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations
International Federation of Pharmaceutic Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)
Izumi Foundation
Johnson & Johnson
Kay Family Foundation
La Asociación Latinoamericana para el Estudio del Hígado (ALEH)
Latter-day Saint Charities
Medical Bridges
Medshare
MedWish International
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
Novartis Pharmaceutical
Pfizer Inc.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roche Molecular Systems
Sanofi Espoir Foundation
Sasakawa Health Foundation
Scripps

Seqirus, Inc.
Siemens Healthcare
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
Wellcome Trust
World Health Organization

Individuals

Alan & Lucy Hinman
Andrew Johnston
Angela & James Gannon
Charles & Marcy McTier
Craig Zager
Dave & Barbara Ross
David Addiss
David Bryant
David Johnson
David J Hall
Debby & Tim Coleman
Deborah Kilpatrick

Diane Peterson
Graham Owen
Grant Dewbre
Heather Churchill
Hong Ju Lee
Jack & Anna Cantlin
James & Juanita Curran
James Jackson
James Niewenhuis
Jane & Wayne Thorpe
Jeffrey Gibson
John Kasuba Estate
John Kianka
John Seiberlich
Joseph & Leighton Feczko
Kent & Diane Alexander
Kimberly Hagen
Nader Alansari
Nisha Ligon
Ragui Kamel
Ralph & Ilze Henderson
Reza Ektefaie
Ronald Jackson
Sharon  M. Tsai
Stefan Grater
Teri & Roderick McClure
Timothy & Barbara Whall
Walter M. Deriso
Walter & Diane Orenstein
William Nichols

Photo Courtesy of Maruf for Children Without Worms.

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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.

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