Improving the environments in which people live is central to improving their health and quality of life. Our global health efforts focus on adverse conditions such as poor sanitation and inadequate water supplies that contribute to diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, and other infectious and non-communicable diseases ranging from TB and HIV to asthma, heart disease, and various forms of cancer.
We help national, regional, and local partners identify environmental health problems and develop and implement programs and policies to diffuse them. Our work promotes individual empowerment, enabling people to make environmental improvements in their homes and neighborhoods.
Recognizing the interconnectedness of people, their health, and the environment, whenever possible, we integrate our environmental initiatives with broader health and population programs, conservation and water management, and livelihoods activities.