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Global Health & You


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 our global strategy.

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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.

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.

Making a Difference


Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls

Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. That’s more than 1,000 every day...
Posted Oct. 8, 2015


The Story of Halima: an adolescent living with HIV in Tanzania

A story of Halima, a 16 year old adolescent girl who was born with HIV in Tanzania. While she received health care and support throughout her childhood, she did not learn of her HIV status until she was 10 years old. Halima tells the story of her challenges and her journey...


Partnering through PEPFAR to reach young women and girls

As a key partner of PEPFAR, CDC is also one of the lead agencies working to implement two powerful HIV initiatives aimed at reaching children, adolescents, and young women...


Ebola in West Africa

CDC Ebola Updates

Latest Outbreak Info

The 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. Worldwide, the World Health Organization has reported 28,463 cases of Ebola and 11,312 deaths. CDC and partners are working together to stop the epidemic…read more

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  • Page last updated: October 8, 2015
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