Update on Global Health Research at CIHR

Dear colleagues,

We would like to provide you with an update on our progress with CIHR’s strategy on global health research.

As you know, we began this process in fall 2017 with a nationwide consultation that included over 400 researchers and stakeholders. We would like to sincerely thank the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research for their support in organizing this consultation – the most extensive consultation on global health research ever conducted by a government.

The aim of this consultation was to better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in the global health research space, in order to update our strategic priorities accordingly. Throughout this engagement process (which was extended to better integrate this strategy with CIHR’s broader strategic planning), we heard loud and clear that Canada must play a key role in ensuring that equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the centre of all our efforts. This feedback also included support for initiatives such as Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa – a cornerstone of our global health efforts – as well as broad support for programs that focus on vulnerable populations, including the health of mothers and children.

CIHR is still in the process of developing its refreshed approach to global health research. If you did not have an opportunity to contribute to this global health conversation – or if you have additional thoughts to contribute – we encourage you to share your views through CIHR’s Strategic Plan online survey.

On behalf of CIHR, thank you for your input and for your ongoing dedication to improving the health of Canadians and people throughout the world.


Michael Strong, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS
President, CIHR

Steven J. Hoffman JD PhD LLD | @shoffmania
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Population & Public Health
Director, Global Strategy Lab, and
Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science, York University

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