The MDG Health Alliance is an initiative of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria. The Alliance operates in support of Every Woman Every Child, an unprecedented global movement spearheaded by the Secretary-General to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children.

The MDG Health Alliance develops innovative and accelerative efforts to drive global progress towards achieving the health MDGs, typically working in partnership with governments, non-government organizations, academic institutions or corporations. The Alliance is led by a group of accomplished private sector leaders — referred to as Vice Chairs of the Special Envoy’s Office – who have committed their time, energy and resources to projects that can make a difference in global health. Each of the Vice-Chairs brings a career’s-worth of solid accomplishment, inspired leadership and proven results, and it is this private sector expertise that provides the energy and momentum of the Alliance.

Reduce Child Mortality

Chairs: Leith Greenslade, Alan Batkin, Ercument Tokat

This team is working to achieve MDG 4 by championing programs that increase access to the most cost-effective interventions for preventing and treating the leading causes of child deaths: pneumonia, pre-term birth, diarrhea, birth complications, newborn infection, malaria and malnutrition. The Child Health team focuses on the countries where child deaths are most concentrated. It also has a special focus on increasing private sector engagement in child survival efforts.

Improve Maternal Health

Chair: Dr. Naveen Rao

This team is collaborating with the World Health Organization, United Nations Foundation, United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children and others to develop sustainable models of healthcare delivery to save women’s lives and improve maternal health, with a particular focus on tapping into the potential of private health providers and local businesses to support national governments’ efforts to reach MDG 5. Initial work has focused on countries Description to come. with a high burden of maternal mortality, including India, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia. Given that family planning plays a critical role in reducing maternal deaths, the Maternal Health Pillar is working together with the Reproductive Health Pillar to develop solutions to expand access to family planning.

Reduce Malaria Deaths to Near-Zero

Chair: Suprotik Basu

This team is working closely with the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) and key funders and implementers to insure continued universal coverage of malaria prevention in Africa, which requires an annual net replacement rate of about 150 million nets/year. The team also works to insure aggressive deployment of malaria diagnostics and treatment integrated community case management in the public and private sectors.

Ending Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV

Chairs: John Megrue, Jennifer McCrea

An AIDS-free generation begins by making sure moms do not transmit the virus to their babies. There is huge, global momentum to achieve a world in which no child is born with HIV by the end of 2015, and all it takes is one pill once a day. Without this treatment, 35-45% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers will be infected, and over half of these children will die before their second birthdays. There has been more than a 50% decline in new HIV infections in children since 2003, when mother-to-child transmission of HIV was at its peak, and mother-to-child-transmission has been virtually eliminated in the US, Europe, and other developed countries. This incredible momentum toward our target of a generation born HIV-free by the end of 2015 is a testament to the work of all the countries and partners that are making these gains.

BORNFREE  was established by the MDG Health Alliance with a focus on eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV globally. It is a stand-alone non-profit organization that brings the capacities, mindsets, and resources of the private sector to this target, in particular drawing on the expertise of a business leadership council, a group of business executives from the media, finance, telecommunications, health, technology, fashion, and retail sectors. BORNFREE uses business instincts to unblock obstacles and accelerate progress toward elimination and catalyze big change with a focus on the areas of finance, policy, and in-country execution that are most critical to achieving a generation born HIV free.

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Community Health Workers and Frontline Delivery

Chairs: Jeff Walker, Austin Hearst, Brad Palmer

This team focuses on strengthening frontline health worker programs to better deliver life-saving commodities to vulnerable populations living at the last mile. To do so, we are working to harmonize approaches, improve access to financing, spark innovation, and accelerate dialogue on core challenges. In that spirit, the MDG Health Alliance invested in the Backpack PLUS initiative, which brought together partners in a collaborative process and fostered development of new tools and approaches and broader awareness about the importance of CHWs. On Backpack PLUS and other efforts, we work side-by-side with governments, UNICEF, the One Million Community Health Worker campaign, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, mPowering Frontline Health Workers, and other key partners and implementers.

Family Planning and Reproductiove Health

Chairs: Kathy Calvin, Angela Mwanza

This team works in collaboration with UNFPA, other UN agencies, and key stakeholders from across the public and private sector to identify and build partnerships that can leverage innovative mechanisms and strategic advocacy to promote voluntary family planning and access to reproductive health in developing countries. These partnerships will help reduce maternal and child mortality by increasing the availability, accessibility, and affordability of reproductive health, family planning and contraceptive information, services and supplies.


Chair: Renuka Gadde

In collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership and the World Bank, the MDG Health Alliance in South Africa aims to reduce infections and boost treatment outcomes in locations with heavy tuberculosis burdens by speeding interventions to high-risk groups. The program focuses initially on the contribution of the mining sector in Southern Africa and identifying lessons for translation to other contexts. The program is assisting national and district governments to adopt intervention strategies tailored to their individual TB and HIV/TB epidemics. This approach, also called Know Your Epidemic, Know Your Response, pioneered in HIV control efforts and extended to TB and co-infection.