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Global Health Policy


CGD's work on global health aims to improve the effectiveness of policies and actions of donors (bilateral aid agencies, philanthropic foundations, and multilateral organizations) and to enhance the coordination between these public agents and the private sector. CGD selects challenging and timely topics that demand the attention of global decision-makers faced with complex epidemiological, institutional, and economic choices. Health systems and financing, HIV/AIDS, health product innovation, chronic disease burden, and access to prevention, treatment and care services are among the topics that we address. In many cases, we work with academic, policy, and implementation experts convened in our CGD Working Groups to produce practical solutions that are innovative, viable, and technically sound.

Our work has contributed to significant improvements in policy. Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health, now in its second edition, identifies large-scale, sustained health interventions and the common elements of their success; it has become required reading in global health classes in the United States and internationally. Our work on an Advanced Market Commitment (AMC) for vaccines sparked a $1.5 billion pilot program for to an improved vaccine to prevent pneumococcal disease, which annually kills about 1 million children in poor countries. The report of our Evaluation Gap Working Group led to the creation of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (3IE), a new independent body that is working to address the chronic lack of sound empirical studies about how well social development programs work across a range of settings.

For more information on the Center for Global Development’s Global Health work: