People in developing countries face many barriers to accessing hospitals, doctors, and basic medical services.

Good health is not only fundamental to human wellbeing and happiness but is also critical to economic growth as healthier populations live longer and are more productive. Yet developing countries face persistent health challenges due to limited healthcare infrastructure and other obstacles, preventing them from reaching their full potential.

DFC is committed to creating a healthier world by investing in projects that build hospitals and health clinics and expand access to affordable treatments as well as clean water, sanitation, and nutrition.

The agency launched a swift response to the COVID-19 pandemic and supports multiple projects that will expand vaccine manufacturing capacity by two billion doses in 2022. DFC healthcare investments also focus on bolstering treatment of chronic disease, boosting preparedness for health crises, and expanding access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), which are essential components to healthy communities.

Through the agency’s Health and Prosperity Initiative, DFC is working to catalyze $5 billion of private sector investment in projects that strengthen health resilience in developing countries, including projects that address the challenges of COVID-19.

DFC's investments are helping advance DFI collaboration on infrastructure development to bolster private sector investment in shared priority sectors including climate, health, gender equality, and digital connectivity.