The organization was formed in 1971 as Family Health International (FHI) with a broad mission to address health needs of disadvantaged populations globally. Early efforts focused on the development and introduction of family planning products and methods for women and men through clinical studies and education in the developing world.
During the 1980s, the organization became an international leader addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with one of the world’s largest HIV/AIDS portfolios, including biological, clinical and social research, prevention of mother to child HIV transmission, HIV testing, antiretroviral treatment, and support of orphans and vulnerable children. This highly diversified work was implemented in partnership with communities, clinics, hopsitals, academic institutions, governments, and local and international nongovernmental organizations.
Through first-hand, on-the-ground international work in HIV/AIDS, maternal health and family planning, the organization recognized the need and began to address a wider range of areas that impact health. Long-term health is not only a matter of being free of disease, it is also impacted by critical factors such as clean water, sanitation, education, gainful employment and many others.
With the goal of increasing capacity and expertise to improve lives more comprehensively, FHI in 2011 acquired the projects and experts of the Academy for Educational Development (AED) to form “FHI 360”. FHI 360 has offices in Durham, North Carolina (headquarters), Washington, DC, New York, Boston and Atlanta and country offices all over the world. For more information, visit www.fhi360.org.