Coalition Member Spotlight: The Task Force for Global Health

This week the Hilton Prize Coalition shines a spotlight on The Task Force for Global Health. The Task Force is based in Decatur, GA, USA, with field offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Its mission is to control and eliminate debilitating infectious diseases and strengthen systems that protect and promote health. The Task Force for Global Health is the 2016 recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.

Since it was founded in 1984, collaboration has been integral to the work of The Task Force. The organization serves as the secretariat for eight major global health coalitions and helps promote action among its coalition partners to solve large-scale health problems around the world.

The Task Force recently launched a new Focus Area for Compassion and Ethics (FACE). FACE works with other programs at the Task Force to ground the organization’s work in its core values and to help identify and address ethical challenges that arise in global health practice. FACE also conducts research on global health ethics and health equity. Additionally, FACE has convened workshops to deliberate on key emerging ethical challenges to inform global health policy. FACE also helps identify emerging issues for ethics education and training. Through these activities, FACE explores the intersections between compassion, ethical decision-making, and global health practice, as well as how these connections can support program effectiveness and impact.

Another of The Task Force’s new initiatives is the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy for which it serves as the secretariat. The partnership is a coalition of organizations committed to ending leprosy. While the global burden leprosy has decreased thanks to multi-drug therapy, 200,000 people are still diagnosed with the disease each year, predominantly in India, Brazil, and Indonesia.

By coordinating their initiatives, the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy seeks to minimize redundancies and increase effectiveness to combat the disease and treat those who are infected. One of the primary focuses of the partnership is developing better methods of detecting and preventing the spread of the disease. After infection, it can take up to 20 years for symptoms to appear, making it difficult to recognize. Other focus areas of the coalition include addressing the stigma and discrimination that accompany people with leprosy. The disease can cause disabilities that prevent those suffering from the disease to hold jobs and fully participate in society.

To learn more about The Task Force’s newest initiatives, visit the FACE and Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy websites.

About The Hilton Prize Coalition

The  Hilton Prize Coalition  is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the  Fellows Program, the  Collaborative Models Program  and the  Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat,  Global Impact.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit  prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact  prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow  the Hilton Prize Coalition on  Twitter and  LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Billy Weeks/The Task Force for Global Health

Photo caption: A health worker tests blood samples in Limbé, Haiti, as part of an enhanced survey to determine prevalence of lymphatic filariasis (LF) following several years of mass drug administration in the region. LF, a neglected tropical disease (NTD), causes disability and mental health problems, stigma, poverty, and social exclusion of affected persons. As countries approach elimination goals, there is a case to be made for NTD programs to commit to caregiving for affected persons in addition to combating infections. 

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