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Increasing the Impact of Global Health

Increasing the Impact of Global Health [PDF - 741 KB]

Photograph of a local worker giving a child a shot.An outbreak anywhere is a risk everywhere. Improving global health increases economic productivity and political stability, both here in the U.S. and around the world.

  • CDC is a partner in the Global Health Initiative which helps ministries of health across the globe to build strong, sustainable public health systems to improve mother and child survival; reduce preventable deaths from vaccines and tropical diseases; and make progress in preventing HIV, TB and malaria.
  • CDC helps reduce contagious health threats, promote polio eradication and reduce deaths from measles, strengthen global disease detection, promote safe water and sanitation, and address the growing global threat of chronic diseases.
  • CDC partnered with PEPFAR and others to provide HIV testing to 33 million people worldwide.

CDC has an impact on global health

  • Through PEPFAR partnership, provided HIV 3.2 million men, women and children were treated and 114,000 infants saved from infection.
  • Distributed 19 million treated mosquito nets and malaria treatment to 3.5 million pregnant women in 2010 – helping drive a 36% drop in deaths in children under age 5 in 6 countries.
  • Treated more than half a billion people globally for lymphatic filariasis, a tropical disease that causes disabling swelling and disfigurement.
  • Trained more than 2,300 disease trackers in ministries of health around the world since 1980.
  • Page last reviewed: March 19, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 19, 2014
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