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(http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/strategy/default.htm).
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
World No Tobacco Day - Tobacco Surveillance in Barangay Looc, Province of Zambales, Philippines; Reflections on GTCB’s Worldwide Impact
As an IT Specialist working for the CDC Foundation and assigned to the Office on Smoking and Health’s Global Tobacco Control Branch (GTCB), I have had the opportunity to travel to many places around the world...
Posted May 27, 2016
"Science Class" an ad from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s youth tobacco campaign, The Real Cost.
Every day in the United States, more than 2,600 youth under age 18 smoke their first cigarette, and nearly 1,300 youth use smokeless tobacco for the first time.1 In fact, tobacco use is almost always started and established during adolescence. This highlights a critical need for stronger, more targeted youth tobacco prevention efforts. FDA's award-winning youth tobacco prevention campaign, "The Real Cost," which was launched in 2014, seeks to educate these at-risk teens about the harmful effects of tobacco use.
Tobacco use is a leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide with nearly 6 million deaths caused by tobacco use every year...
In the News
CDC Zika Updates
On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.
CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to
- Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
- Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
- Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
- Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.
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