Known as FHI 360, Family Health International believes that health is wealth. From a handful of offices located in the US, Asia-Pacific, and South Africa, FHI 360 funds and manages public health programs, research, education, and other resources in more than 60 countries. Founded in 1971 as the International Fertility Research Program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FHI 360 primarily focuses on and supports HIV/AIDS prevention research, reproductive health services, and maternal and neonatal health programs. The organization works with governments, private agencies, and non-governmental organizations to develop the most appropriate programs for different areas.
Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, the organization operates additional offices New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. It extends its reach abroad with a pair of international offices: one in Pretoria, South Africa, that serves as its Southern regional office and another located in Bangkok to cover the Asia-Pacific region. Representatives from more than 110 countries travel to the US each year to take part in the organization's international exchange program.
In 2011 Family Health International acquired the assets, programs and expertise of Academy for Educational Development (AED), a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that works globally in the areas of health, education, and social and economic development. AED implements more than 250 programs, serving people in all 50 US states and more than 150 countries. As a result of the purchase, AED was renamed FHI Development 360 and the larger organization is now known as FHI 360. The new moniker gets its meaning from the group's belief that a 360-degree perspective is necessary to address complex human development needs.