“Poor health shreds communities, undermines economic opportunity, and holds back progress.”

– Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State

More than 90 percent of all deaths and suffering from infectious diseases — such as tuberculosis, malaria, and sleeping sickness — occurs in the developing world. Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for more than one-third of this shortage.

How are we addressing this global challenge?


Strengthening Healthcare Workers

$1,000,000 from the NIKE Foundation to the Grameen Foundation USA, 2009 .
To construct and operate Grameen Nurse Institute in Bangladesh for development of and delivery of healthcare for girls
$300,000 from the NIKE Foundation to the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, 2009
To address violations of sex workers' human rights and problems they face in accessing HIV/AIDS services in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Helping Government Develop Sound National Health Policies

$1,468,357 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the National Association of County and City Health Officials, 2009
For training newly appointed public health officials in applying knowledge and specific skills to leadership roles.
$406,500 from the Rockefeller Foundation to the New York Academy of Medicine, 2009
For project, in collaboration with African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation, to conduct needs assessment on how best to support Ministers of Health in strengthening their effectiveness in governance and leadership of public health and health systems programs, especially in low-income countries and to disseminate results at meeting to be held at Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy.

Strengthening Healthcare Delivery

$1,470,308 from the Central Emergency Response Fund to the World Health Organization, 2010
To ensure availability of adequate drugs and medical supplies.
$500,000 from the Hess Corporation Contributions Program to International Medical Corps, 2010
To help provide medical care, shelter, water and other essential supplies for earthquake relief in Haiti.
$100,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund, 2009
To undertake the final steps in establishment of a dedicated children's hospital in Gauteng, South Africa. Work will include establishing governance and management structure, designing the hospital, developing fundraising plans and marketing strategies and selecting appropriate location.

Strengthening Research in the Developing World

$1,000,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the African Population and Health Research Center, 2009
Toward work of consortium of African universities to strengthen postgraduate training and research capacity in public health and population studies.
$624,401 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the University of Michigan, 2009
For continued development of open educational resources supporting health education in Africa.
$200,000 from the Ford Foundation to Grupo de Informacion en Reproduccion Elegida, 2009
To review existing methodologies and for promoting sexual and reproductive rights; explore newer, more effective ones; and share most effective ones with NGOs, academics and policy makers.

Improving in Country Coordination of Health Care Systems

$1,310,800 from the Rockefeller Foundation to PATH, 2009
For project to develop method for documenting user requirements for health supply chain information system; implement pilots in two developing countries to validate process; and design scaled-up field validation project for one or more of the solutions identified with aim of strengthening health systems in Global South through improved access to and use of health information.
$400,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to Columbia University, 2009
For project to strengthen reproductive health and family planning services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Establishing Community-based, Community-directed Initiatives

$600,000 from the Ford Foundation to the Egyptian NGO Support Center, 2010
To provide small grants and technical assistance which will help community-based organizations advance youth sexuality and reproductive health education in Egypt.
$100,000 from the McKnight Foundation to Pathfinder International, 2009
For savings and loans programs for HIV/AIDS support groups and women's groups in Tanzania.
$10,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to Direct Relief International, 2009
For Afghan Institute of Learning and for support for Zimbabwe health crisis.

Promoting Multi-sectoral Investments in Global Health

$1,195,600 from the Rockefeller Foundation to Columbia University, 2009
For activities to create joint program in global eHealth with Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Earth Institute, to promote use of information technology in healthcare in the developing world with focus on cross-country data collection and analysis using Millennium Global Village-Network in sub-Saharan Africa.

Addressing Women's Health and Combating Maternal Mortality

$650,000 from the Ford Foundation to Angela Borba Fund-A Resource for Women, 2009
For one-time support to create transition fund for sexuality and reproductive health grant making in Brazil with emphasis on protecting reproductive rights and sustainability of the field.
$500,000 from the NIKE Foundation to the Pacific Institute for Womens Health, 2009
To promote gender equitable practices and empower adolescent girls in India and Brazil.
$403,180 from the California Endowment to the Maternal Outreach Management System, 2009
To implement and evaluate model of health promotion and maternal and child health coordination services (VietMOMs) specifically tailored to low-income Vietnamese-American community in Orange County and to improve health care coordination among health providers serving community.

Eradicating Neglected Tropical Diseases

$86,000 from the McKnight Foundation to Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique, 2009
For the project Promotion of Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato to Control Vitamin A and Antioxidants Deficiencies in Burkina Faso.
$331,527 from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., to the Asia-Pacific Alliance Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria of Nuwa, 2008
For anti-discrimination and prevention for hepatitis among migrant workers.
$18,000 from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2008
For scientific program of American Committee of Molecular, Cellular and Immunoparasitology at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene annual meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.


$10,000 from the SFO Foundation to Malaria No More, 2008
To support the Stayin' Alive project.


$1,000,000 from the W. M. Keck Foundation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2009
For studies on how the human immune system responds initially to HIV using microtechnologies that allow study at the single-cell level and may help researchers realize new treatments for HIV/AIDS and eventually other diseases through rational design of immunotherapies and vaccines.
$400,000 from the Ford Foundation to PATH, 2009
For final core support for Global Campaign for Microbicides to educate public about microbicides as promising new technology to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
$250,000 from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Inc. to Aid for AIDS International, 2009
For Cuanta Sabes de VIH y AIDS? (How Much Do You Know about HIV and AIDS?), HIV primary-prevention initiative targeted at teenagers in the developing world.


$1,000,000 from the W. M. Keck Foundation to the University of California, 2009
To develop a novel high-throughput technology that could generate profiles of the immune systems response to infection, to enable a new approach to vaccine development.

Enhancing Partnerships

$698,300 from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres, 2009
To strengthen work with National Slum Dwellers Federation and Mahila Milan to help these federations be effective civil society advocates in the Indian urban sector and build capacity to work with community groups to develop and implement strategies to resolve issues around housing, rehabilitation and resettlement, infrastructure, water, sanitation and land tenure. Foundation supplied information indicates grant was made as part of Urban Health Financing work.
$100,000 from the Ford Foundation to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2009
For core support for Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance, coalition of Kenyan medical, legal, women's rights and human rights organizations, to address access to safe abortion.

Investing in Women for a Better World
Business for Social Responsibility
March 2010

The U.S. Global Health Initiative: Overview & Budget Analysis
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
December 2009

Mapping a Healthier Future: How Spatial Analysis Can Guide Pro-Poor Water and Sanitation Planning in Uganda
World Resources Institute; Uganda Ministry of Health; Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment
October 2009

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U.S. Global Health Policy: Donor Funding for Health in Low- & Middle- Income Countries, 2001-2007
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Kates, Jennifer; Eric Lief; Jonathan Pearson
July 2009

Financing the Response to AIDS in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: International Assistance From the G8, European Commission and Other Donor Governments, 2008
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; UNAIDS
Kates, Jennifer; Carlos Avila; Eric Lief
July 2009

Proven HIV Prevention Strategies
Global HIV Prevention Working Group
July 2009

Global HIV Prevention: The Access, Funding, and Leadership Gaps
Global HIV Prevention Working Group
July 2009

Building Healthcare Leadership in Africa: A Call to Action Accordia Global Health Foundation
June 2009

The U.S. Government's Global Health Policy Architecture: Structure, Programs and Funding
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
April 2009

The U.S. Commitment to Global Health: Recommendations for the New Administration
Institute of Medicine
December 2008

Closing the Gap
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
November 2008

HIV/AIDS Policy in Nicaragua: A Civil Society Perspective
Orozco, Miguel; Laura G. Pedraza Fariña
January 2008

The Business of Health in Africa: Partnering With the Private Sector to Improve People's Lives
International Finance Corporation
December 2007

HIV/AIDS Policy in Senegal: A Civil Society Perspective Open Society Institute
Diouf, Daouda
October 2007

HIV/AIDS Policy in Ukraine: A Civil Society Perspective
Open Society Institute
Bega, Andriy
October 2007

The Gathering Storm: Infectious Diseases and Human Rights in Burma Open Society Institute
Stover, Eric; Chris Beyrer; Thomas Lee; Andrew Moss; David Scott Mathieson; Rachel Shigekane; Voravit Suwanvanichkij; David Tuller; Emily Whichard
July 2007

New Approaches to HIV Prevention: Accelerating Research and Ensuring Future Access
Global HIV Prevention Working Group
August 2006

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