The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a U.S.-based, non-profit organization whose members serve as advisors to the nation on issues related to science, technology, engineering, and medicine. The society is comprised of peer-elected scientists regarded for their distinguished contributions to research. NAS members actively contribute to the scientific community domestically and abroad. Over 500 NAS members have won Nobel Prices, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal is internationally recognized.
Health Systems Strengthening: Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), NASEM will establish a standing committee comprised of 14 experts to advise USAID as it develops policy, plans, and programming to assist partner or recipient countries in the midst of economic transition in health. USAID aims to support these countries in creating sustainable, country-owned health systems that improve health outcomes and protect people from financial loss due to illness. In addition, NASEM has convened an ad hoc committee to study particular prospects for improving health care quality while expanding access to preventive and therapeutic services in low-and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on the organization and delivery of safe and effective care at the patient/provider interface.
Global Violence Prevention: NASEM coordinates a Forum on Global Violence Prevention, with the expected outcome of an increasingly energized and diverse community of funders and other agents for action informed by cutting edge scientific evidence on how to advance integrated approaches to violence prevention.
Public-Private Partnerships: NASEM convenes a forum that gathers leaders from government agencies involved with international health and development, and from diverse, innovative companies, NGOs, and foundations to improve the quality of organization-specific and collaborative global health and safety programs and create an evidence-based platform where corporate health and social responsibility leaders can exchange knowledge and foster stronger relationships.
Global Health Priorities: NASEM convenes an ad hoc consensus committee to reassess and update the public and private sector roles in contributing to and deriving benefit from improved global health in its broadest sense. The committee will offer conclusions and recommendations to guide the incoming Administration, as well as other funders and global health actors in setting future priorities and mobilizing resources.