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Release Date: 03.05.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The Task Force for Global Health

Atlanta Daybook Nonprofit Spotlight | The Task Force for Global Health

The Task Force for Global Health is an independent, nongovernmental organization based in Decatur, GA, USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. We improve health conditions for vulnerable populations around the world, especially people living in poverty. The Task Force programs focus on controlling and eliminating debilitating diseases and building durable systems that protect and promote health.

The Task Force was founded in 1984 to work on a single global health issue–low childhood immunization rates in developing countries.

Since 2013, the Task Force for Global Health has been ranked among the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States by Forbes, due to significant in-kind contributions of medicines that they receive each year from pharmaceutical companies.

Program areas include neglected tropical diseases, pandemic preparedness, polio eradication, field epidemiology training, public health informatics, and health workforce development. The Task Force plays essential convening roles for its programs and helps them advocate to funders and partners. It also provides an agile and responsive administrative platform critical to ensuring programmatic success. A collaborative approach is common to all of the Task Force for Global Health programs.

In the United States, the Task Force assists public health departments with building strong immunization information record systems to ensure communities are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Through the groundbreaking Digital Bridge initiative, the Task Force also supports efforts in the United States to improve disease surveillance through better electronic data exchange.

The Task Force is a founding member of the Georgia Global Health Alliance, which is developing a global health economic sector in the state. The Alliance plans to apply lessons learned from global health programs to help address public health issues in the State of Georgia.

 

Atlanta Daybook’s Nonprofit Spotlight promotes the mission and work of a different Atlanta-based nonprofit each week in our Monday edition. There are over 7500 nonprofit organizations in the Atlanta area, and each of them truly embody the best spirit and values of our nation. Together, they help thousands of individuals and families daily. Our local nonprofit organizations can best be described in this quote from the National Council of Nonprofits: "They protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate, and nurture our bodies and spirits. Nonprofits also give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. They turn our beliefs into action - as promoters of democracy, champions of the common good, incubators of innovation, laboratories of leadership, protectors of taxpayers, responders in times of trouble, stimulators of the economy, and weavers of community fabric."

Contact Info

Contact Name: Poul Olson

Company: Task Force for Global Health

Phone: 404-371-0466

E-mail: polson@taskforce.org