The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the Carolina Population Center of UNC and their global health program with a $180 million award over the course of the next five years. This will be the second largest award ever received by the university and will support the next step in the program’s goal.

The Carolina Population Center works out of UNC and works to solve various population concerns. Their research on these concerns takes place from here in North Carolina, and even branches out to nearly 90 countries around the world.

The CPC program is Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results Evaluation project, or MEASURE, and is relied upon by the USAID to gather vital information about health, population, and nutrition on an international scale. The program works in 80 countries to collect this data in order to make informed decisions about global health.

The award began occurring at the beginning of this month, and may see growth up to $300 million with contributions from other countries and other USAID awards.

MEASURE has made great strides in curbing the epidemic growth of many diseases and illnesses, including tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS. Their next goal is to build stronger systems for sustainability and growth to locations that gather even more critical information about health and population on a global level.