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Global Health Research Initiative
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Health research with a global scope

Infectious diseases and the threat of pandemics drive the point home—health is a global issue.

As a research funding partnership of three Canadian government agencies, the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) brings people together from different countries, sectors, and areas of expertise to tackle the complex problems that affect health around the world.

Our goal? To support researchers and decision-makers in their efforts to develop effective policies, programs, and strategies to improve health and strengthen health systems.

GHRI programs fund innovative global health research and strengthen the ability of low and middle-income countries to carry out and use research as they work to improve the health of their populations.

GHRI also helps Canadian researchers gain global health research experience. GHRI support has enabled Canadian researchers to collaborate with researchers and decision-makers in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.



Global Health Research Initiative Secretariat closes


As of April 1, 2015, the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) Secretariat was closed. The Secretariat, housed at IDRC, consisted of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and...

Forum unveils innovative approaches to secure health care rights for Guatemala’s indigenous communities


Eighty-eight representatives from 37 rural indigenous municipalities in Guatemala shared knowledge and strategies about monitoring and evaluating public policies and healthcare services, especially for indigenous communities. They gathered at the...

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Please note the following change within IDRC’s Global Health Policy program

The Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) is now integrated into the Governance for Equity in Health Systems (GEHS) program.

The GEHS program strives to strengthen equitable health systems in low- and middle-income countries and contribute to better health for all. GEHS is particularly committed to research that addresses the root causes of health inequities, especially in primary health care, and the interplay between access, and supply and demand for health services. We support research that seeks to address the challenges of power relations and decision-making to ensure that resources reach the most vulnerable.

Explore the GEHS website to learn about the research we support.

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