Global Health

Despite considerable improvements in global health over the past half century, one billion people lack access to basic health care services and millions die each year from HIV/AIDS, malaria, infectious diseases, malnutrition and other health-related causes. The prevalence of these diseases contributes to the strain on resources and economies in many developing countries, further reinforcing the poverty cycle. InterAction believes that this cycle will only be reversed through the strategic integration of health services into relief and development programs. Integrated health programs provide a broad spectrum of interventions and address the linkages between health and other sectors of development including water and sanitation, infrastructure planning, nutrition, agriculture, education, micro-finance and the environment. This comprehensive approach focuses on prevention and treatment of prevalent diseases that have a major impact on health, strengthening health systems, and reducing inequity in access to quality health care. The integration of health interventions in relief and development work can improve health outcomes and result in more cost-effective programming by enhancing efficiency, reducing duplication and helping investments reach more people.

InterAction’s Working Group on Global Health brings together a wide range of practitioners and policy advocates working on global health issues. Together they share programmatic approaches, identify gaps in health delivery and policy, and develop recommendations for addressing health needs and improving services to poor and at-risk populations. The working group emphasizes the importance of health integration, identifies best practices, and advocates for appropriate policies within the global health and donor communities.

Through continued engagement with the U.S. government, InterAction and its members advocate for funding of and commitment to global health programs that save millions of lives each year.

InterAction members are also active implementers of health programs around the world. The map below (part of InterAction's NGO Aid Map initiative) provides an interactive snapshot of our members' work in this sector.

If you are involved in global health work, you can sign up for the Global Health working group by first registering on this website and then requesting membership to the working group. For more information, please contact Erin Rein.



Global Health Calendar: Public events focused on global health in Washington, DC and around the world. To add an event, send an email with name of event, date and time, locations, website and short description to Danielle Heiberg.

Global Health: Investing in Our Future: This briefing book represents the international NGO perspective on a wide range of global health challenges. The book's 15 briefs provide a quick summary of various global health issues, as well as a closer look at the impact of U.S. investments within the sector.

Global Health:Foreign Assistance Briefing Book (2013)

Integrating Health in Relief and Development: Principles

Transitioning from Relief to Development in the Health Sector: Tools, guides and other resources for use in designing and implementing health programs in transition periods.

Global Health: Impact through Integration: Case Studies

Country Ownership: Moving from Rhetoric to Action – This policy paper defines the concept of country ownership, outlines its core elements, and provides actionable recommendations for the U.S. government. Country ownership requires the participation of both citizens and government in development efforts. Empowering citizens and states to take responsibility for their own development by using local systems will allow for better targeting of resources, strengthened accountability among various stakeholders and, ultimately, increased sustainability and success.