The main goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the protection of public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the United States and worldwide.
Founded in 1946, the CDC secures global health and America’s preparedness by revitalizing the public health infrastructure, stopping the spread of contagions and vector-borne diseases, and addressing bioterrorism threats. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights it and supports communities and citizens to prevent it.
Additionally, the CDC plays a leading role in implementing the Global Health Security Agenda, a global effort to strengthen the world’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats. The CDC works directly with partner country governments to strengthen public health systems and reduce the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.