The major players in international health and health policy have a tremendous potential to contribute to the wellbeing of humankind. Multilateral organizations, such as WHO, have universal areas of concern. The financial multilateral agencies play a key role in influencing development through the leverage of financial resources. Bilateral agencies of donor countries influence health policy direction by the magnitude of their financial resources. Private organizations, including universities, foundations, professional associations, nongovernmental organizations, and US industry, play an important role in identifying important policy issues through research, designing and developing appropriate technology, and acquiring the knowledge base necessary to form sound international health policy decisions.