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Global Health Strategy

The vision of CDC’s global health strategy is a world where people live healthier, safer, and longer lives. The mission is to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership and evidence-based public health action.The strategy has four goals:

Goal 1. Health Impact: Improve the health and well-being of people around the world

Goal 2. Health Security: Improve capabilities to prepare for and respond to infectious disease, other emerging health threats and public health emergencies

Goal 3. Health Capacity: Build country public health capacity

Goal 4. Organizational Capacity: Maximize potential of CDC’s Global Programs to achieve impact

Health Infrastructure: Implementing Evidence-based Public Health Actions and Programs. MOH/Public Health Institutions: Surveillance & HIS, Research, Workforce, Laboratory.

CDC’s Public Health Framework for Health Systems Strengthening

For 60 years, CDC has provided domestic and global public health leadership and has formed partnerships all over the world to achieve public health goals and meet emerging health challenges. The foundation for CDC’s global health engagement are technical rigor and expertise, special partnerships, an emphasis on capacity building and health impact from programs, and a commitment to science and evidence. CDC’s greatest assets are its staff in the United States and around the world and the trust and credibility they have developed with partners and the public.

CDC Core Technical Strengths

CDC’s global health strategy is built around CDC’s core strengths.

Broadly, CDC has unique expertise in health systems strengthening, such as disease surveillance and health information systems (including monitoring and evaluation), public health laboratory capacity, workforce development, operational research, and public health actions and programs. In addition, CDC has deep technical expertise in infectious and non-communicable disease (NCD)-specific areas, implementation and valuation of specific public health programs, and provision of technical assistance to ministries of health (MOHs), other public health institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


Partnerships are a cornerstone of CDC's global health work, and CDC works in concert with many partners to achieve its global health goals. CDC works with other U.S. Government agencies to implement the U.S. Government’s global health agenda. Globally, CDC's principal partners are MOHs and agencies of the United Nations, especially the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). CDC also works directly with non-governmental organizations and health institutions, multilaterals, universities and the private sector.

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