Who we are
We are mission-driven and have deep technical expertise.
We support staff who live in the countries or regions in which we work. We strive to create a fit-for-purpose workplace that is respectful, diverse, inclusive and supportive. Our governance reflects deep knowledge of the areas where we work and the diversity of the people we serve.
What we do
We work with governments and partners across the globe to co-create, advocate for, and scale up activities in two core areas:
High blood pressure is the world’s leading cause of death. Despite availability of safe, effective and low cost treatment, only one out of seven adults with hypertension have their blood pressure controlled. We work with partners to reduce heart attack and stroke by:
- Increasing the number of people whose blood pressure is controlled from 14% to 50%;
- Reducing global dietary intake of salt by 30%;
- Making food safer by eliminating artificial trans fat.
The world is vulnerable to the next health threat because most people live in countries that are not well prepared to find, stop and prevent dangerous infectious diseases such as COVID-19. We partner with countries to step up preparedness by:
- Scaling public health technical expertise locally;
- Developing operational excellence to strengthen public health systems;
- Advancing policy action to promote national and global epidemic preparedness.
Read about our work, successes and plans for the future (PDF)
Our latest work
Going back to basics to stop the ongoing cholera pandemic
The focus on clean water, better health care and public health, and expanded vaccine production needed to control the spread of cholera today will prepare the world for future health crises and save lives.
Sri Lanka’s trans fat ban will save 50,000 lives in the next 25 years
With its new best-practice policy banning industrially produced trans fat, Sri Lanka joins neighbors India and Bangladesh and 52 other countries in the World Health Organization’s REPLACE Initiative to eliminate this toxic food additive from the global food supply.
Celebrating trans fat elimination on the global stage
Co-hosted with the World Health Organization, our side event at the World Health Assembly celebrated progress in removing trans fat from the global food supply.