Compiled by Neha Bhatia Sareen
NGOs must play a key role in supporting the public health system, especially preventive care, at all the levels. Here are a few NGO’s that are working in this realm
Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ): CHSJ is a support organisation and works closely with community level groups developing their capability to work on health and gender related issues.
Aarth India: Academy for Applied Research & Training in Healthcare in India (aarth-INDIA) is a non-government initiative striving for attainment of better health of the community supplementing, and not substituting, the existing and future government systems and networks in healthcare in India.
Udaan Welfare Foundation: Provides timely and meaningful support to needy children, women & Senior Citizens by effectively implementing projects in the area of Health, Education and Nutrition, which have a sustainable, cost effective and positive impact on society & Environment.
Goonj: Goonj focuses on empowering the communities in far-flung villages to solve their own problems. For the last 19 years they have established a culture of mindful giving in urban India. They collect vast stocks of everyday necessities; from clothes to medicines, that would otherwise have been thrown away.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (or simply the Global Fund) is an international financing and partnership organization that aims to “attract, leverage and invest additional resources to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to support attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS): UNAIDS is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.
World Bank: In line with its global strategy for health, nutrition and population, the World Bank Group supports countries’ efforts to achieve universal health coverage through stronger primary health systems and provide quality, affordable health services to everyone —regardless of their ability to pay.
World Health Organization (WHO): Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff share a commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI): Epidemic diseases affect us all. They do not respect borders. CEPI is an innovative global partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organisations. CEPI works to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases and enable equitable access to these vaccines for people during outbreaks.
International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID): The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), supports health professionals, non-government organizations, and governments around the world in their work to prevent, investigate, and manage infectious disease outbreaks when they occur. ISID has a particular focus in countries that have limited resources and which disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.
Planetary Health Alliance: The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 200 universities, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and government entities from around the world committed to understanding and addressing global environmental change and its health impacts.
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH): The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is a rapidly growing Washington, DC based organization of over 170 academic institutions and other organizations from around the world engaged in addressing global health challenges. CUGH was established in 2008 with generous funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation.
UN Foundation (UNF): UNF strives to defend progress already made and unlock the collective promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across interconnected issues, including climate, health, gender equality, human rights, data and technology, peace, and humanitarian response.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: The Global Health Division of the foundation aims to harness advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. They work with partners to deliver proven tools—including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics—as well as discover pathbreaking new solutions that are affordable and reliable. Equally important is innovation in how we bring health interventions to those who need them most. The foundation invests heavily in vaccine to prevent infectious diseases and support the development of integrated health solutions for family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health.