Global Health

Healthy families are the foundation for healthy communities, and through the Sustainable Development Goals, the world has made a promise of universal health coverage and health for all.

Yet each year, nearly 6 million children under age 5 die from preventable causes, and more than 300,000 women and adolescent girls die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Since our founding, the UN Foundation has worked to support the World Health Organization, UN agencies, and partners that deliver vital services to improve health globally and forge new and dynamic partnerships for health.

We also work to anticipate emerging health challenges like pandemic preparedness and antimicrobial resistance, as well as health security.

Fighting COVID-19

The world has never seen a health crisis like COVID-19. In early 2020, as the pandemic spread at lightning speed, the World Health Organization reached out to the UN Foundation to help build momentum and support to respond to the global emergency.



Achieving health equity and reaching the most vulnerable must remain at the center of our efforts.

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Improving health outcomes depends on bold thinking, innovation, and collaboration by all partners.

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We mobilize resources and expertise to improve health for everyone, everywhere by:

We work to support the WHO and strengthen its engagement with civil society. We are a longstanding partner to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and a founding member of the Polio Advocacy and Communications Team. We also work with other partners – including key UN health agencies, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – to prevent disease, and help women, children, and families survive and thrive.

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Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health Strategy

Elizabeth Ivanovich

Director, Global Health

Holly Greb

Senior Officer, Global Health, Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives

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