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Global Health

With more than 30 years of experience supporting improved health outcomes in developing countries, ICF helps international development agencies and their partners address today's most pressing global health issues.

The complexity of global health issues requires significant contextual understanding, data-driven decisions, and integrated approaches. As a trusted partner for development agencies, ICF draws from in-house expertise based in offices throughout the world, including the U.S., Kenya, Mali, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Thailand, and India. We develop solutions that are based in local context, leverage emerging technologies, and build on existing capacities to improve program effectiveness and value.

Leveraging Data for Decision Making

Richer understanding of a nation's needs enables more sharply targeted programs and more effective end-line evaluation—allowing donor agencies and cooperating partners to improve the efficiency of their investments.

ICF works at the forefront of data collection, use, and analysis in support of public health policies and programs. We implement the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) flagship Demographic Health and Surveys (DHS) program that has supported more than 300 nationally representative surveys in nearly 90 countries throughout Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Development practitioners rely on DHS data as the standard for analyzing a country's overall health, allocating funding, and adapting health policy. Our survey teams also helped the USAID Food for Peace Program collect baseline data for its development food aid programs in Africa and Latin America as well as the entire USAID portfolio in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Introducing Mobile and IT Solutions

ICF assists developing countries in the use of technology to overcome limitations and improve outcomes in remote and rural areas. We use geographic information systems (GIS) to conduct health facility assessment and provide a comprehensive overview of a country’s health service delivery. We deploy cell phone data collection for outbreak identification in West Africa, where mobile technology is often more available than landline infrastructure. Our USAID MEASURE Evaluation work in Mali includes a mobile health (mHealth) component that uses cell phones and text messaging for monthly reporting.

Data collected by ICF through such initiatives powers analytical tools such as the DHS STAT compiler, which allows users to make custom infographics based on hundreds of demographic and health indicators across more than 70 countries. We create data visualization tools, such as those housed in the DHS App for mobile phones, to add context and help clients identify patterns quickly.

Strengthening Health Systems

Using our extensive in-country knowledge and technical expertise in population health, ICF works with public health agencies to improve the delivery of quality care. We provide guidance on health information systems, assist government agencies with program evaluation, and collect data for national health registries.

As part of the USAID MEASURE Evaluation project, ICF helps health systems in Africa improve data collection, analysis, and presentation to strengthen planning, policy making, and the management, monitoring, and evaluation of programs targeting malaria and other infectious diseases.

Delivering Expert Thought Leadership

Improving health outcomes for populations around the world requires support from an integrated team of experts specialized in various disciplines. The diversity and depth of ICF's experience make us an ideal partner for multifaceted, high-profile projects-such as PEPFAR (the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), the Presidential Malaria Initiative--and others addressing today's most pressing health issues:

  • Malaria
  • Avian influenza
  • Tuberculosis
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • Maternal and child health

Guiding Overall Strategy

In addition to supporting efforts to track and treat disease, ICF works with development agencies to examine and address linkages between health and other development priorities. These include food security and nutrition, biodiversity, climate change, water and sanitation, urban development, and migration.