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A Reporter's Guide to U.S. Global Health Policy

Non-Governmental Organizations Involved in U.S. Global Health Policy

The following are major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are involved in the U.S. response to global health issues, including policy and research institutes, advocacy groups, industry representatives, funders, and organizations involved in implementing policy initiatives.

AIDS-Free World — An international advocacy organization that works to promote human rights and end the AIDS pandemic through education, research and communication.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation —— A global organization that provides medical care in a number of countries (including the U.S.) and advocates on HIV/AIDS issues.

AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) — An organization engaged in policy analysis and advocacy around the “ethical development and eventual global delivery of AIDS vaccines and other new HIV prevention options as part of a comprehensive response to the pandemic.”

amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) — A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting HIV/AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — A philanthropy with a focus in developing countries “on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.”

CARE — A humanitarian organization dedicated to “fighting global poverty,” with a “special focus on working alongside poor women.”

Carter Center — An organization that “seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.”

Center for Global Development — A policy research organization “dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and to making globalization work for the poor.”

Center for Global Health Policy — Established by the Infectious Disease Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association, it is “an organization of physicians and scientists dedicated to promoting the effective use of U.S. funding for addressing the global HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics.”

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) — A U.S.-based organization that seeks “to ensure that U.S. international policies and programs promote women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health within a human rights framework.”

Center for Strategic and International Studies — An international policy institute that “conducts research and analysis and develops policy initiatives,” operating the Global Health Policy Center and the Commission on Smart Global Health Policy.

Clinton Foundation — A foundation that operates programs to “strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.” It includes the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Clinton Global Initiative, which features an annual meeting of world leaders in New York.

Council on Foreign Relations — A “membership organization, think tank, and publisher of the journal Foreign Affairs, dedicated to being a resource” for people to “better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries.”

Doctors Without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres — A humanitarian group that “provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need” and advocates for “improved medical treatments and protocols.”

Duke Global Health Institute — A research institute that focuses on “health disparities around the world.”

Earth Institute, Columbia University — A research institute that works on sustainable development issues, including public health, food and nutrition, water and poverty.

Ford Foundation — A philanthropy aiming to “strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement.”

Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — A U.S.-based “advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and expanding U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.”

Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — An international coalition of companies collaborating and advocating on health issues.

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases – An initiative of the U.S.-based Sabin Vaccine Institute “dedicated to raising the awareness, political will, and funding necessary to control and eliminate the most common neglected tropical diseases.”

Health GAP — An advocacy group “dedicated to eliminating barriers to global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for people living with HIV/AIDS as key to a comprehensive strategy to confront and ultimately stop the AIDS pandemic.”

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington — A research organization focusing on “measuring the world’s most pressing health issues and providing scientific evaluations of health system and health program performance.”

Interaction – An alliance of U.S. international non-governmental organizations “with a focus on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.”

International AIDS Society — An independent association of HIV professionals that is engaged in advocacy and also convenes the biennial International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference series, which focuses on HIV-related biomedical research.

International Food Policy Research Institute — An organization that works to “achieve sustainable food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through scientific research and research-related activities.”

International Medical Corps — A humanitarian organization “dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health — A research center focusing on global health to “to effectively address and ameliorate the world’s most pressing health issues.”

Kaiser Family Foundation — A non-profit private operating foundation “dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people.” Kaiser focuses on the U.S. role in global health policy.

Malaria No More — A U.S. non-profit that aims to make “high-yield investments of time and capital to speed progress, unlock resources, mobilize new assets and spur the world toward” to goal of ending deaths from malaria. It operates the Malaria Policy Center.

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network – A coalition whose “goal is to help build a safer, more prosperous world by strengthening the United States’ ability to alleviate extreme poverty, create opportunities for growth, and secure human dignity in developing countries.”

NCD Alliance — Founded by four international NGO federations representing the four main NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease, the NCD Alliance “unites a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries” in order to “combat the NCD epidemic by putting health at the centre of all policies.”

ONE – A grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization aimed at addressing poverty and development, particularly in Africa.

Oxfam America — An “international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.”

Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation — A foundation founded by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation that provides support to the development of health care treatment and prevention in resource-poor settings.

Partners in Health (PIH) — An organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.

PATH — An international non-profit group working to “improve the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.”

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) — An association of pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies whose mission is “to conduct effective advocacy for public policies that encourage discovery of important new medicines for patients by pharmaceutical and biotechnology research companies.”

RESULTS — A non-profit group whose goal is “to leverage millions of dollars for programs and improved policies that give low-income people the health, education, and opportunity they need to thrive.”

Results for Development Institute (R4D) — A non-profit institute that “delivers policy analysis, critical information, decision-making tools, and policy advice” aiming to “reduce poverty and improve lives in developing countries.”

Rockefeller Foundation — A philanthropy that “supports work that expands opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges.”

Roll Back Malaria — A partnership launched by WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank to “provide a coordinated global response” to malaria.

Save the Children – An organization dedicated to fostering “lasting, positive change in the lives of children” in the U.S. and around the world, including through health and education.

Stop TB Partnership — A network of governmental and private organizations that aims to “realize the goal of eliminating TB as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB.”  It operates through a secretariat hosted by the WHO.

University of California Global Health Institute — A multi-campus initiative focused on “producing leaders and practitioners of global health, conducting innovative research, and developing international partnerships to improve the health of vulnerable people and communities in California and world-wide.”

The following product development partnerships (PDPs) are public-private collaborations that can include governments, corporations, U.N. agencies, academia and/or NGOs to research and develop treatments, vaccines, prophylaxes and diagnostics for the developing world.

Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation focuses on developing new vaccines for tuberculosis.

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) develops treatments for diseases that largely affect the world’s poor.

Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND) develops and implements diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases.

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) supports the development of an HIV vaccine.

International Partnership for Microbicides works to develop microbicides for HIV prevention for women worldwide.

Medicines for Malaria Venture develops and facilitates delivery of new, effective and affordable malaria treatments.

TB Alliance focuses developing tuberculosis treatments.

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