Global Health

Global health is inextricably linked with economic growth and development. CGD seeks to offer policy solutions to a wide range of global health challenges, from financing health systems to fighting infectious and chronic disease burdens to increasing access to prevention, treatment, and care services. CGD’s work aims to improve the effectiveness of policies and actions of donors, and to enhance their coordination with the private sector, in order to bolster public health worldwide.

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What’s In, What’s Out argues that the creation of an explicit health benefits plan—a defined list of services that are and are not available—is an essential element in creating a sustainable system of universal health coverage. 

Millions Saved chronicles the global health revolution from the ground up, showcasing 22 of the local, national, and regional health programs that have been part of this global change.

Many countries rely on Global Fund monies to finance their respective disease responses. For their citizens, the efficient and effective use of Global Fund monies can be the difference between life and death.


Much of the health spending in developing countries is not made on the basis of evidence of what is most efficient and effective. CGD’s Priority-Setting Institutions for Global Health working group proposed the creation of a new institution to support developing countries and donors in making better-informed resource allocation decisions for health care.

Improving health in many large federal or decentralized countries, where the majority of public spending on health is executed by state and district governments, depends on improving the sufficiency, efficiency, and effectiveness of health spending at the subnational level.

After Ebola was first reported in Guinea in March 2014, major outbreaks spread quickly to Sierra Leone and Liberia, and then to Nigeria by August.