Our Approach

Global health problems are far too large in scale for any one organization to address on its own. Partnerships are absolutely essential. Since 1984, we have employed a powerful model of collaboration (described in Real Collaboration: What It Takes for Global Health to Succeed)  that was originally used to eradicate smallpox – the only human disease ever permanently wiped out – to affect a broad range of global health issues. We currently serve as the secretariat or hub of six major global health coalitions.  As a neutral convener, we are able to promote high levels of collective action among our coalition partners that include major pharmaceutical companies.

Even with the right partners at the table, controlling and eliminating infectious diseases is a daunting undertaking. To implement programs, we need to know who is infected or at risk. The Task Force applies rigorous science and sophisticated laboratory and information technologies to map and diagnose neglected tropical diseases. We also test new drug combinations for eliminating these diseases. 

'Leadership Begins With Caring'

- David Satcher, MD, PhD

Former Director U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former U.S. Surgeon General

Advocating for the Health Needs of the World’s Poor

Regardless of the program, at the core of our work is a deep compassion for the people whom we serve. We keep their faces in the forefront of our minds and are driven to alleviate their suffering. Our compassion is tied directly with effective actions – what we call “consequential” compassion. Learn more about all of the values that shape our work.

At The Task Force, we do not have the burden of complex or bureaucratic decision-making processes. Our nimble and responsive administrative structure allows us to respond swiftly to global health priorities. And because of our efficiency, we can leverage resources for an extraordinary impact. Nearly 90 percent of all our revenue goes to fund our programs.

Harnessing Technology to Improve Global Health

Sophisticated information and laboratory technologies are vital tools in The Task Force’s work to control and eliminate diseases and increase access to quality health care for people in developing countries. Using a smartphone-based data collection system, we map the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) to determine where interventions should be implemented. We use portable molecular technology and tablet-based systems to detect and diagnose NTDs within populations. We also use diverse technologies to help developing countries manage their healthcare workforce in order to meet the health needs of their populations. Read more.

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