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Global Health Policy
The right to health is a fundamental human right. Realizing this right requires access to quality health services. This access is also essential for social and economic development. IDRC’s Global Health Policy program supports research in low- and middle-income countries that targets the root causes of inequity and poor health and that will inform effective policymaking. We fund research that helps improve health systems so countries and communities can meet the health challenges they face.

Global Health Policy’s four programs support research on 
  • issues of equity in access to quality primary care 
  • policies to prevent non-communicable disease 
  • health concerns shared by five Canadian federal agencies and that supports the global health research community 
  • a discovery science program that integrates innovation in technical, social, and economic aspects of health 

Development Innovation Fund

The Government of Canada established the Development Innovation Fund (DIF) in 2008.The Fund aims to support the best minds in the world as they search for breakthroughs in global health and other areas that have the potential to bring about enduring changes in the lives of millions of people in poor countries.

Global Health Research Initiative

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.

Governance for Equity in Health Systems

IDRC’s Governance for Equity in Health Systems program funds research in developing countries that helps to redress health inequities and improve health services, systems, and policies, for all.
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Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

The Non-Communicable Disease Prevention program works to generate new knowledge that provides rigorous evidence for the development and implementation of cost-effective policies to prevent non-communicable disease.​

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

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

IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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