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We have supported improved health outcomes in developing countries for over 30 years, helping international development agencies and their allies solve the world’s most pressing health issues.

To address the magnitude of this task, we bring a data-driven focus with integrated approaches and a contextual understanding of the global health landscape. Headquartered in the U.S. with 67 offices worldwide, we create local partnerships, leverage emerging technologies, and build on existing capacities to maximize program effectiveness and value.

But our work doesn’t end with tracking and treating disease. We collaborate with development agencies to examine linkages between health and various development priorities, including food security and nutrition, biodiversity, climate change, water and sanitation, urban development, migration, human trafficking, and global health security.

Improving Health Systems and Outcomes

Using our extensive in-country knowledge and technical expertise in demographics and health, we work with public health agencies to improve the delivery of quality care and accelerate innovation and impact. We conduct health research and development, provide guidance on health information systems, assist with program evaluation, and collect data for national health registries. Our team of gender advisors integrates a pursuit of gender equality in our work across every stage of the program cycle; conducts social science research on gender; and advises on gender and evaluation.

We implement the United States 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.

Working with clients including the CDC, USAID, the WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.S. Department of Defense and their stakeholders, we support planning for sustainability and transitions of health interventions. We also measure and monitor the transition of donor-funded programs to local government ownership. See how we support a community of practice through the Center for Design and Research in Sustainability (CEDARS).

We are a leader in digital health, working at the forefront of data collection, use, and analysis in support of public health policies and programs. Through our partnership on MEASURE Evaluation, we develop and maintain a health information platform that enables the collection of HIV health indicators, information from facilities that offer HIV care, and health outcomes for HIV-affected clients (PEPFAR’s Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM)). ICF supports CDC’s contributions to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator’s Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI).

We assist countries in the use of technology to overcome limitations and improve health outcomes in remote and rural areas. We use geographic information systems (GIS) to conduct health facility assessments and provide a comprehensive overview of a country’s health service delivery. Data collected by ICF powers analytical tools such as the DHS STAT compiler.

Responding to Global Health Security Threats

In 2014, the global community came together to launch the Global Health Security Agenda to mobilize in response to disease threats in our increasingly interconnected and globalized world. ICF has been working for over 30 years to respond to the most pressing global health challenges in lower and middle income countries. For over a decade, we have worked at the intersection of environmental drivers, animal health, food production and human health for a One Health approach to detect and monitor disease threats.

Out teams of clinicians, epidemiologists, veterinarians, ecologists, agricultural economists, health systems experts, and data scientists offer the multidisciplinary expertise to respond to the complexity of the challenges we face.



Since 2005, ICF has been supporting CDC in measuring and evaluating of HIV program costs in multiple PEPFAR-supported countries, including The Bahamas, Botswana, Ethiopia, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Swaziland, Uganda, and Vietnam. For the World Bank, ICF developed a conceptual and mathematical model to analyze health and economic impact of laboratory investment which was tested with data from Kenya and Uganda. ICF also supported the World Bank to conduct evaluations of Community Based Organizations role in supporting the response to HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Nigeria.

With MEASURE Evaluation, ICF has led development of M&E guidance and standards for HIV/AIDS. We support to the global PEPFAR database, and lead development of maintenance of a health information platform that enables the collection of HIV health indicators, information from facilities that offer HIV care, and health outcomes for HIV-affected clients: PEPFAR’s Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM). ICF supports CDC’s contributions to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator’s Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI).

Health Systems Strengthening

ICF helps strengthen health systems in Africa. Since the inception of PEPFAR, ICF experts have provided technical assistance and support to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in multiple areas, including preparation and submission of country operational plans and program results; training and TA, tool development, protocol and evaluation report reviews, and in-country trainings; and enhanced monitoring of test-and-start HIV treatment strategy.

We support strengthening of civil registration vital statistics (CRVS) systems in countries including Kenya and Zimbabwe. In Kenya, our team of Nairobi-based experts led the implementation of MEASURE Evaluation PIMA to help national and county governments meet the country’s health information needs. ICF’s M&E Capacity Assessment Toolkit (MECAT) has been used to establish a baseline and generate action plans for strengthened M&E capabilities in Kenya and multiple other countries.


ICF provides expert thought leadership in malaria surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation. With support from the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through MEASURE Evaluation, we have supported the Roll Back Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group in developing global goods to measure the progress and impact of international malaria control efforts.

Maternal and Child Health

As a part of the USAID Maternal Child Survival Program ICF supports the institutionalization of community health as a component of country health systems. ICF worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop some of the first real evidence on impact of integrated community case management through the Rapid Access Expansion (RAcE) Programme.


Around the world, ICF works with development partners and national governments to pinpoint the underlying causes of food insecurity and to deliver innovative programs that address world hunger. For more about our work on food security and nutrition visit https://www.icf.com/markets/international-development/food-security-and-nutrition.

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