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What we're doing
CDC leverages its core strengths to advance four overarching global health goals: 1) improving the health and well-being of people around the world, 2) improving capabilities for preparing for and responding to infectious diseases and emerging health threats, 3) building country public health capacity, and 4) maximizing organizational capacity. (To learn more about these goals and our vision, see CDC's Global Health Strategy.)...more
Story of the Week
Kari was only a few months into her new position as a CDC disease detective assigned to New York City when she helped investigate a mysterious outbreak of soft-tissue infections in the city. She’d been trained as medical doctor; but it was her sleuth training obtained as part of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)…
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The most effective and least expensive way to protect Americans from diseases and other health threats that begin overseas is to stop them before they spread to our shores. CDC works 24/7 to protect the American people from disease both in the U.S. and overseas. CDC detects and controls outbreaks at their source, saving lives and reducing healthcare costs. In addition, fighting diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB help reduce poverty and strengthen political stability in developing countries.
Who we are
For more than 60 years, CDC has used its scientific expertise to help people throughout the world live healthier, safer, longer lives. CDC's Center for Global Health coordinates and manages the agency's resources and expertise to address global challenges such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, emergency and refugee health, non-communicable diseases, injuries, and more.
Faces of Global Health
Flickr Album: Haiti February 2013
Flickr Album: Pathogen Hunting in Guatemala
Bed nets provided by the CDC can literally mean the difference between life and death. Photo Credit: © David Snyder/CDC Foundation
A one year old girl weighing 7 kg admitted to Al-Sabeen Hospital for malnutrition. Sana’a, Yemen, 2012
Children in Katanga Province, communities who have a history of refusing vaccination for their children.
Villagers in Kibaale District, Uganda
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