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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(


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.

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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


Blog of the week
Bringing Clean, Safe, and Innovative Sanitation Services to East Africa

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you use a toilet each day? We often take it for granted that when we “need to go,” a toilet will be nearby...
Posted Nov. 19, 2015


Sanivation in Kakuma

Video produced by US Embassy Nairobi highlighting the work of Sanivation in Kakuma Refugee Camp. This work was made possible by US Government, Centers for Disease Control, Norwegian Refugee Council, and United Nations High Commission on Refugees...


World Toilet Day
Why World Toilet Day?

“Let’s face it – this is a problem that people do not like to talk about. But it goes to the heart of ensuring good health, a clean environment and fundamental human dignity for billions of people.”—United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. Mr. Eliasson is right...


Ebola in West Africa

CDC Ebola Updates

Ebola outbreak

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 28,635 cases of Ebola and 11,314 deaths. CDC and partners are working together to stop the epidemic…read more

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