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About the Office of Global Health Diplomacy


The U.S. Government is the leading contributor to global health efforts, with direct foreign assistance investments in over 80 countries, and support to other nations through our contributions to mechanisms like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The United States invests in global health as an expression of American compassion, to strengthen fragile states by promoting social and economic progress, to protect America’s security, and as a tool of public diplomacy.

S/GHD brings the full strength and voice of diplomacy into play to advance U.S. efforts to improve and save lives. These efforts are advanced through:

  • Strengthening Sustainable Health Programs: S/GHD encourages sustainability of health programs by supporting partner countries as they strive to meet the health care needs of their citizens through effective leadership of their health care systems.
  • Promoting Shared Responsibility: S/GHD uses diplomatic outreach across the family of nations to build shared global responsibility for sustained, ongoing improvements to health systems and health care delivery.
  • Supporting Our Embassies: S/GHD supports our ambassadors and embassies on the ground, where our investments in health are translated into lives saved. Within the State Department, we champion global health training for diplomats, equipping them to elevate health in diplomatic discourse with partner countries.

The Office of Global Health Diplomacy was featured in the January 2014 edition of State Magazine as “Office of the Month.” Take a Look.


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