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The Task Force for Global Health, Inc.

  • Decatur, GA
  • www.taskforce.org

Mission Statement

To reduce the burden of vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases and strengthen health systems.

Main Programs

  1. African Health Workforce Project
  2. Center for Vaccine Equity
  3. Children Without Worms
  4. International Trachoma Initiative
  5. Mectizan Donation Program
  6. Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
  7. Public Health Informatics Institute
  8. TEPHINET
Service Areas

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International

The Task Force for Global Health is based in Decatur, Ga., USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Its work reaches populations in 154 countries.

ruling year

1986

President and CEO since 2016

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David A. Ross ScD

Keywords

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public health, informatics, neglected tropical diseases, health systems, collaboration, health, global health, humanitarian, field epidemiology, vaccines

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Also Known As

The Task Force

EIN

58-1698648

 Number

6002756176

Physical Address

325 Swanton Way 325 Swanton Way

Decatur, 30030 3001

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In partnership with hundreds of organizations in the United States and around the world, our programs and projects touch the lives of hundreds of millions of people in more than 150 countries. We measure our reach by the number of people who receive medicines each year through our programs to control and eliminate blinding trachoma, river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and intestinal worms.We are on track to help eliminate blinding trachoma, river blindness, and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) by 2025. These neglected tropical diseases have plagued humanity for millennia and continue to burden hundreds of millions of people in developing countries.

Since our founding, we have also positively affected a broad range of global health problems. Our contributions include:

-Raising childhood immunization rates in developing countries from 20 to 80 percent from 1984 to 1990;
-Partnering with the pharmaceutical industry that donates billions of dollars annually in essential medicines for the control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases;
-Focusing international attention on the importance of collaboration and compassion in global health;
-Increasing access to treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis for the world's poor;
-Supporting the design and implementation of strong immunization records systems within U.S. public health departments;
-Managing the largest disease mapping project ever undertaken, the Global Trachoma Mapping Project, using a smartphone-based application that we developed called LINKS;
-Supporting the simultaneous global “switch" of the type of oral polio vaccine used in routine immunizations, which is a vital step in eradicating polio;
-Developing a comprehensive integrated strategy for cholera prevention and control that is being used to fight the disease globally;
-Strengthening U.S. preparedness to respond to disease outbreaks by guiding the automation of public health laboratories.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

African Health Workforce Project

The African Health Workforce Project focuses on building strong human resource information systems for managing healthcare workers in Kenya and Zambia. This helps ensure quality healthcare by tracking the training, regulation, and deployment
of the healthcare workforce.

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Center for Vaccine Equity

The Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE) works to ensure that everyone – including people in developing countries – has equal access to life-saving vaccines. CVE focuses on expanding immunization rates for three vaccine-preventable diseases: polio, influenza, and cholera.

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Children Without Worms

Children Without Worms promotes the health and development of children by working to reduce intestinal worm infections that affect more than one billion people worldwide. It also plays a leading role in the STH Coalition, a global alliance
to fight intestinal worms.

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International Trachoma Initiative

The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) focuses on the
elimination of blinding trachoma, an NTD of which 232 million people are at risk. To achieve the 2020 elimination goal, ITI collaborates with diverse agencies to implement the WHO-endorsed SAFE strategy for trachoma control and prevention.

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Mectizan Donation Program

The Mectizan Donation Program works closely with public and private partners, including Merck* and GSK, to provide medicines to eliminate river blindness worldwide, and lymphatic filariasis in countries where the two diseases are co-endemic.

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Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

The Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center conducts research on tools and techniques to improve NTD control and elimination programs. This research addresses challenges
in effectively scaling up programs and scaling down when goals are reached.

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Public Health Informatics Institute

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) works to improve health outcomes worldwide by strengthening health practitioners’ abilities to use information effectively. PHII’s projects are concentrated in the areas of business process analysis, workforce development, and technical assistance.

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TEPHINET

TEPHINET is a global network
of 63 Field Epidemiology
Training Programs that works
to improve the capacity
of developing countries to
detect changes in disease
and injury patterns and
respond appropriately.

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Service Areas

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International

The Task Force for Global Health is based in Decatur, Ga., USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Its work reaches populations in 154 countries.

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Funding Needs

The Task Force has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years due to the success of its programs. As a result, we have reached capacity in our Decatur, GA headquarters building and need additional space. The Task Force has entered into a sales agreement with DeKalb County for the purchase of a six-story building located at 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. in Decatur. We expect to close on the property in late 2016 and later begin renovations of three floors. Occupancy is expected to begin in late 2017. Acquiring the 330 W. Ponce de Leon facility begins an exciting new chapter for The Task Force. With triple the square footage of our existing headquarters building, it will allow us to increase the impact of our existing programs and launch an anticipated program in noncommunicable diseases. We are also exploring how we might apply global health lessons to help address public health issues of local concern. We expect this facility will serve as a hub for a new center for global health in metro Atlanta. We will be launching a $15-million capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of the 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. building. Philanthropic support will be vital in helping us reach our goal. For inquiries about giving opportunities to our capital campaign, contact Poul Olson, Task Force director of communications and development, at polson@taskforce.org or Ph. 404-687-5611.

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THE TASK FORCE FOR GLOBAL HEALTH INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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The Task Force for Global Health, Inc.

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President and CEO

David A. Ross ScD

BIO

Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. Dr. Ross assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force's Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Ross was founding director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's first national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health in the United States.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jane Thorpe JD

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