Last week, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced that the Atlanta-based Task Force for Global Health (The Task Force) would be the recipient of this year’s Hilton Humanitarian Prize – the world’s largest humanitarian prize. The Task Force is dedicated to addressing large-scale health problems primarily affecting those living in extreme poverty. The Task Force consists of eight programs that focus on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, public health informatics, and health workforce development. They focus on a collaborative approach in all their programs and help U.S. public health agencies and developing countries in building public health infrastructure. This is done both through training healthcare workers in how to detect and respond to disease outbreaks such as Ebola and by improving the use information for prevention and protection.
Reached by email while working in Nigeria, the director of the Task Force, Dave Ross, answered some questions about the role Atlanta plays in the mission of the Task Force, how technology is changing the way the global health problems are being addressed and how the media can impact the work of groups like the Task Force.
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