The Task Force consists of 13 programs and focus areas. Our areas of work includes neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, public health informatics, health workforce development, medical surplus recovery, and global health ethics. 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) builds 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.

Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics in Global Health

The Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE) supports Task Force programs and collaborates with external partners to engage with critical ethical issues facing global health today. Our works includes practice, research, teaching and curriculum development.

Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development

We host the Global Funders Consortium for Universal Influenza Vaccine Development that brings together funders and other stakeholders interested in research and development of universal influenza vaccines that would provide long-term protection against all strains of the disease – both seasonal and pandemic.

Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy

The Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy brings together organizations to speed up progress toward eliminating the disease. The alliance supports three key areas: accelerating research in new diagnostic and therapeutic tools, interventions, and strategies to interrupt leprosy transmission; mobilizing technical assistance and expertise to strengthen existing national programs; and increasing advocacy and fundraising.

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 World Health Organization-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.

MedSurplus Alliance

MedSurplus Alliance (MSA) focuses on increasing the quality and effectiveness of medical supplies and equipment donated to hospitals, clinics, and healthcare programs around the world. The Alliance, a consortium of medical surplus recovery stakeholders, leads the first comprehensive capacity-building program for medical product donation programs.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center conducts research on tools and techniques to improve programs to eliminate five of the highest burn NTDs – lymphatic filariasis, river blindness, schistosomiasis, and soil-transmitted helminthes, and trachoma. This research addresses challenges in effectively scaling up programs and scaling down when goals are reached.

The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI)

The Partnership for Influenza Vaccine Introduction (PIVI), under our Center for Vaccine Equity, is an innovative public/private partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministries of Health, corporate partners, and others to create sustainable seasonal influenza vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries. PIVI works in concert with WHO programs to help countries prepare for pandemic influenza and to support countries’ efforts to control and prevent seasonal influenza.

Polio Eradication Support Center

The Task Force supports the global polio eradication effort, under our Center for Vaccine Equity, through activities focused on virus detection and interruption; routine immunization or oral polio virus withdrawal; containment; containment and certification; and legacy planning.

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.

Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network

Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is a professional network of 71 field epidemiology training programs (FETPs) working in more than 100 countries to strengthen public health capacity for disease detection and response.


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