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For more information and additional resources, feel free to check out the below lists of global organizations:

1. The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.  It provides leadership on global health matters, direction on the health research agenda, establishment of norms and standards of health, explanations of evidence-based policy options, technical support to countries, and a monitor and assessment of health trends globally.  The WHO also is responsible for the World Health Report.

2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States.  It is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.  They are a source for credible health information and news, and it works to protect the health of all people.

3. The Center for Global Development is an independent, nonprofit research organization dedicated to reducing global poverty and inequality and to helping globalization benefit the poor.  The Center engages in policymaking among countries as well as health institutions (ex. World Bank, the IMF, and the World Trade Organization) to improve economic development prospects of developing countries. 

4. The United Nations is an international organization of 192 member states that work to maintain international peace and security, to develop friendly relations between nations, and to support better living and the protection of human rights.  The members of this organization can take action on a wide range of issues and discuss them in forum settings, including global health.  The UN, along with other partner organizations, helped to establish the Millenium Development Goals for 2015. 

5. USAID is an independent government agency responsible for providing humanitarian aid on a global scale.  They assist in economic growth, global health, and democracy to the following regions:  Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East.

6. The World Bank Group serves as a vital source for financial and technical assistance to developing countries.  They fight poverty for lasting results through helping people to help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity, and forging partnerships among public and private sectors.  The Group is made up of two institutions: the International bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association.  Each institution collaborates in advancing inclusive and sustainable globalization.

7. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a charitable organization that works to promote the truth that every life has equal value.  They perform philanthropic work on a global scale.

8. The United Nationals Children’s Fund is united for children and work to build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  They work through policy making as well as grassroots to advance their goals on a global scale.  They work in partnership with 190 countries to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

9.  The Disease Control Priorities Project works in developing countries  to assess disease control priorities and produce evidence-based analysis and resource materials to inform health policymaking.  They work to assist developing countries to improve their health systems and therefore, the health of their people.

10. The Fogarty International Center works under the National Institutes of Health by supporting and facilitating global health research performed by the U.S. and international researchers.  They also work to build partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad and training the next generation of scientists to be able to address global health needs.  The enterprise extends over 100 countries and involves 5,000 scientists from both the U.S. and abroad.

11. The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research is an international collaboration based on the Health Systems and Services Cluster in the WHO.  Their main purpose is to help develop policy-relevant health systems knowledge, promotes the dissemination and use of health policy and systems knowledge to improve the performance of health systems, and to help spread health policy and systems research knowledge to community leaders.

12.  Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization.  They operate out of 60 countries to help people survive from violence, neglect, or catastrophe.


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