HDI’s mission is to advance world public health and human dignity, especially the health and socioeconomic situation of under-served populations which more than others are significantly constrained by preventable, degrading disease.


HDI aims to free populations of debilitating diseases which are deemed to be eradicable as public health problems, but insufficiently addressed at the time HDI becomes engaged.

We work in two principal ways. One is “to get the ball rolling” on important issues, using modest resources. HDI’s other aim is to play a “finger in the dike” role, stepping in to solve important, manageable problems with alacrity where larger, more cumbersome organizations sometimes delay.