The Task Force consists of eight programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, public health informatics, and health workforce development. The Task Force plays essential convening roles for the programs and helps them advocate to funders and partners. It also provides a highly responsive administrative structure to address programs’ finance, information technology, and human resource needs quickly and efficiently.


The African Health Workforce Project 

The African Health Workforce Project (AHWP) works to build strong human resource information systems for managing healthcare workers in Kenya and Zambia. This helps ensure quality healthcare by tracking the training, regulation, and deployment of the healthcare workforce. AHWP also works to improve HIV care provided by healthcare workers in 15 Sub-Saharan African countries.

Center for Vaccine Equity

The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to assure all people have equal access to life-saving vaccines by expanding availability, supporting vaccine impact studies, and building delivery systems that facilitate access in developing countries. CVE also serves as Secretariat for a number of global health partnerships that advance this mission.

Children Without Worms

Children Without Worms (CWW) works towards the global control of soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH), commonly known as intestinal worms, through national program support, partnership building, knowledge management, and scientific leadership. With partners, CWW seeks to eliminate STH as a public health problem worldwide.

International Trachoma Initiative

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) focuses on the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem, an NTD that threatens 232 million people with potential blindness. To achieve the 2020 elimination goal, ITI collaborates with diverse agencies to implement the WHO-endorsed SAFE strategy for trachoma control and prevention.

Mectizan Donation Program

The Mectizan Donation Program works closely with public and private partners, including Merck* and GSK, to provide medicines to eliminate river blindness worldwide, and lymphatic filariasis in countries where the two diseases are co-endemic.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center conducts research on tools and techniques to improve NTD control and elimination programs. This research addresses challenges in effectively scaling up programs and scaling down when goals are reached.

Public Health Informatics Institute

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) works to improve health outcomes worldwide by strengthening health practitioners’ abilities to use information effectively. PHII’s projects are concentrated in the areas of business process analysis, workforce development, and technical assistance.


TEPHINET is a global network of 65 field epidemiology training programs that works to strengthen international public health capacity through enhancing competencies in disease detection and response.


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