Task Force for Global Health
The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Ga., USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Since 2013, they have been ranked among the five largest nonprofit organizations in the United States by Forbes, due to significant in-kind contributions of medicines from pharmaceutical companies.
The Task Force consists of eight programs and five projects focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, and health systems strengthening.
The Task Force provides administrative, financial, and human resources services needed for programmatic success. The Task Force also plays essential convening roles for the programs and helps them advocate to funders and partners.
Their programs share a common collaborative approach in all of their work. The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center works closely with the International Trachoma Initiative, Mectizan Donation Program, and Children Without Worms programs to conduct operational research necessary to reach control and elimination goals for blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and intestinal worms. In addition, the Public Health Informatics Institute works with programs across The Task Force to use health information more effectively.
As an Emory University affiliate, they benefit from the close association with a leading academic institution. All of their team members are Emory University employees.
Their programs and projects currently reach hundreds of millions of people in 154 countries.
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 an agile and responsive platform for programmatic success. A collaborative approach is common to all of their programs.
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are burdens for many developing countries. These diseases cause blindness, disfigurement, cognitive impairment, stunted growth, and even death. They implement comprehensive programs to control and eliminate five NTDs – blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), intestinal worms, and snail fever. This work is largely supported by pharmaceutical companies that provide financial support and donate billions of dollars annually of antibiotic and anti-parasitic medicines.
Vaccines are a vital tool to protect health – and they work to increase access to vaccines for cholera and influenza in developing countries. They also are playing a major role in polio eradication by helping countries switch to safer and more effective vaccines and address barriers to eradication.
They assist U.S. public health agencies and developing countries in building their public health infrastructure by training healthcare workers in how to detect and respond to disease outbreaks such as Ebola and by improving the use of information to protect and promote health. They also help developing countries build human resource information systems to manage the licensing requirements of their healthcare workforce.
The Task Force is playing an increasing role in supporting the Global Health Security Agenda. This includes providing assistance with influenza pandemic preparedness, building disease surveillance capacity, and responding to emerging infectious diseases such as Zika virus.
The Task Force was founded in 1984 to work on a single global health issue–low childhood immunization rates in developing countries. They have endured for more than 30 years because of the great need for their services, especially their ability to mobilize partnerships and focus resources and expertise on global health problems.See more