Global health initiatives

Canada has considerable research strength in the global health domain. Building on this strength, CIHR, with the support and collaboration of Canadian and international partners, has engaged in a wide range of activities to advance global health research, capacity building and knowledge translation in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Global health is a cross-cutting theme across all of CIHR’s 13 institutes and is currently championed by Dr. Steven Hoffman, who is also CIHR’s Scientific Director for Population and Public Health. The following is a list of CIHR’s current Global Health Initiatives.

Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD)

CIHR has partnered with international health research funders to form the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). The aim of the Alliance is to fund, develop and facilitate innovative research collaborations between low- and middle-income and high-income countries in one of their five research areas: heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, mental illness and cancer.

The GACD International secretariat is hosted by University College London (UCL) Institute for Global Health.

Learn more about GACD >

Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada through the Development Innovation Fund. Dedicated to supporting bold ideas, GCC funds innovators in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada that bring successful innovation to scale, catalyze sustainability and impact.

Their mission is saving and improving lives in low- and middle-income countries through Integrated Innovation.

Learn more about Grand Challenges Canada >

Innovating Maternal and Child Health in Africa (IMCHA)

This seven-year, $36 million initiative – jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Global Affairs Canada, and IDRC – illustrates how partnerships serve to advance Canadian global health priorities.

Learn more about IMCHA >

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