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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


Experiences from the Field: Innovative Approaches to Improving Heart Health in Malawi

As a Medical Program Specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Malawi, I provide HIV technical support at the national and site level...
Posted Sept. 29, 2015


World Heart Day 2015

World Heart Day 2015 : HEART choices not HARD choices. Healthy heart environments everywhere for everyone. Take a Healthy Heart Selfie to raise awareness on CVDs...


Two Initiatives Worth Their Salt: Reducing Sodium Intake in Shandong, China and Philadelphia

Across the world, deaths due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), such as heart disease and stroke, are leading causes of death in adults 25 years of age and older...


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 28,331 cases of Ebola and 11,310 deaths. CDC and partners are working together to stop the epidemic…read more

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