Our Issues

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Issues We Care About

The GHS team brings a strong passion for improving the health and well being of individuals and communities around the world. Our work is driven by our commitment to the issues, which in turn drives our commitment to our clients. We offer the skills, knowledge and goal-driven efficiency to enhance our client’s efforts to address some of the world’s toughest health challenges.

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS

For more than 25 years, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has destroyed lives and devastated communities around the globe. Today, AIDS is the fourth-leading cause of death worldwide, claiming more than two million lives a year. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2007, there were still as many as 7,000 new HIV infections every day. Certain populations, including women in developing countries and men who have sex with men, are particularly vulnerable.
Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is an ancient disease that continues to plague humanity in the 21st century. In 2007, TB killed 1.8 million people. It is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV. Despite these numbers, donors and policymakers have largely neglected global TB control efforts. This neglect has fueled the emergence of drug-resistant TB strains that threaten to undermine efforts to prevent and treat the epidemic.
Malaria

Malaria

Malaria is a serious and often-fatal disease caused by parasites transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Once someone is infected with malaria, the resulting disease can cause damage to the nervous system, kidney and liver. Severe cases can quickly lead to death. Though preventable, the burden of malaria is huge, with more than 250 million cases a year and more than one third of the world’s population at risk for the disease.
Polio Eradication

Polio Eradication

Polio, a viral disease that can cause paralysis and sometimes death, is on the cusp of becoming only the second disease to be eradicated from the world. While new financial resources will be needed to fully fund the eradication program, these resources pale in comparison to the projected US$50 billion that the world would save when polio is eradicated. The case is simple: one child with polio is one child too many.
Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Sexual and reproductive health depends on a complex web of factors, including behavior and attitudes, social mores, biological risk, and genetic predisposition. Poverty can exacerbate these factors by limiting education and awareness as well as access to healthcare. As a result, many sexual and reproductive health issues disproportionately impact women in resource-poor settings.
Vaccines

Vaccines

Vaccines are among the most cost-effective tools for fighting infectious disease. This is especially true in resource-poor settings, where treatment can be expensive and difficult to obtain. Yet globally, one in every five children still does not survive past their fifth birthday – and most of these deaths are from vaccine-preventable illnesses.