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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


A Consequence of Conflict: The Spread of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

For more than 20 years, Kenya has been providing asylum to people fleeing civil war and conflict from Somalia....
Posted Mar. 23, 2015


TB Unmasked - In Search of Solutions

US CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden knows the global TB crisis from firsthand experience. With perspectives from Dr. Frieden, Uvi, Shelly, Susheela and Vivian, we examine the urgent need to protect our healthcare workers from the diseases they work to treat.....


Improving TB/HIV Service Delivery and Health Outcomes in Ethiopia: A Profile of Dr. Beniam Feleke

Dr. Beniam Feleke has played an integral part in Ethiopia’s response to its TB and HIV epidemics....


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 24,788 cases of Ebola and 10,251 deaths. CDC and partners are working together to stop the epidemic…read more

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  • Page last updated: March 23, 2015
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