Who We Are
We take on problems.
We have impact.
We take on problems.
We have impact.
We take on the world’s worst and most intractable diseases, and make it our mission to eliminate them or bring them firmly under public health control.
The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nongovernmental organization based in Atlanta, GA, USA, with a field office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Our programs focus on eliminating diseases and protecting populations. Since our founding, we only take on problems we know can be solved, and we do it through powerful, global collaborations because we are in the business of solving problems.
Our Vision and Values
We are values driven. We value the lives of all people and believe they should have equitable access to the services that lead to healthier lives.
We solve large-scale health problems by:
- Forging partnerships that catalyze action and change lives;
- Applying innovative thinking and rigorous science; and
- Practicing deep compassion for the people whom we serve.
Our Core Values:
- Collaboration – We believe that partnerships are essential, and that organizations working together have a much greater impact.
- Global Health Equity and Social Justice – We work to provide all people, especially the world’s poor, with opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives.
- Stewardship – We pride ourselves in the wise and judicious management of the resources entrusted to us.
- Consequential Compassion – We link compassion to effective actions by being aware of the suffering of others, understanding the causes of that suffering, and engaging in informed actions to alleviate it.
Meet The Task Force
We helped raise childhood immunization rates in developing countries from 20 to 80 percent in 6 years -- from 1984 (the year we we were founded) to 1990.
Managing billions of dollars worth of medicines from pharmaceutical companies annually for the elimination of three NTDs – trachoma, river blindness, and lymphatic filariasis.
Leading a new approach that allows health care providers in the United States to automatically send information about reportable diseases to public health agencies using an innovative electronic method.
Managing the largest disease mapping project ever undertaken, the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, using a smartphone-based application called LINKS.
Supporting the simultaneous global “switch” of the type of oral polio vaccine used in routine immunizations, which is a vital step in eradicating polio.
Supporting the design and implementation of strong immunization record systems in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our programs share a common collaborative approach originally pioneered to eradicate smallpox. The Task Force serves as the secretariat or administrative hub for 12 major global health coalitions, networks, and partnerships working to address a variety of large-scale health problems.
The Task Force provides administrative, financial, and human resources services needed for programmatic success. The Task Force also plays essential convening roles for the programs and helps them advocate to funders and partners.
Our ability to forge effective partnerships, as well as our scientific expertise, have enabled us to expand our work to focus on an array of large-scale health problems affecting vulnerable populations.
Through our alliances, we reach hundreds of millions of people in 150+ countries. Learn more about how powerful partnerships make for powerful results.
As an Emory University affiliate, we benefit from the close association with a leading academic institution. All of our team members are Emory University employees.
The Task Force was founded in 1984 to solve one problem: improve childhood immunization rates in developing countries. To achieve this, we brought together the world’s leading health and development agencies, and within six years, this group raised immunization rates from 20 to 80 percent.
Who is our Co-Founder, Dr. Bill Foege?
Dr. William H. Foege is the inspiration behind the work we do. An epidemiologist by training, he is credited with helping to successfully eradicate smallpox (the only disease eradicated in humanity) in the 1970s. In 2012, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Dr. Foege was Chief of the CDC Smallpox Eradication Program and was appointed director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1977. In 1984, Dr. Foege co-founded The Task Force for Child Survival (now called The Task Force for Global Health), heading up the effort to increase global child immunization rates.
Dr. Foege served The Carter Center between 1986-1992 as its Executive Director. Between 1992-1999, he contributed to the Center’s work as a Fellow and as Executive Director of The Task Force, where it was based at the time.
Between 1999-2001, Dr. Foege also served as Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During his time with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he became a close friend and mentor to the Gates. Today, he is retired but continues to influence global public health.
Header photo caption: A group of Task Force staff show their joy outside of our headquarters in Decatur, GA.
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