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Research initiatives

A key strategy of the Global Forum from the beginning of its activities in 1998 was to support research initiatives, encouraging multiple partners to join in concerted efforts to find solutions for priority health problems. It was clear that no one organization could resolve them alone.


The Global Forum had the convening power to reach across disciplines and across organizational types to facilitate potentially powerful partnerships. For each initiative below, the Global Forum incubated, provided seed funding and nurtured before encouraging them to become independent. Today, IC-Health and CHNRI are fully fledged independent entities.

Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (Alliance HPSR)

The Alliance aims to promote the generation, dissemination and use of knowledge for enhancing health system performance. The Alliance is open to producers and users of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as well as to contributors such as donors and technical institutions helping to foster the development of HPSR. More...

Initiative on Child Health and Nutrition Research (CHNRI)

CHNRI is helping to set research priorities in child health, development and nutrition problems, especially in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on research to inform policies for scaling up effective interventions. More...

Global Network for Research in Mental and Neurological Health (GNRMNH)

The Network's objectives are to support key research and implementation of services needed for mental and neurological disorders in poor populations, to reduce the long-term cost of mental and neurological disabilities, and to foster the development and implementation of basic local infrastructures to carry out these tasks. More...

Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC-Health)

IC-Health was born in 1999 as a joint program of the Global Forum for Health Research and WHO to promote and prioritize resource-sensitive and context-specific research addressing the growing burden of cardiovascular diseases in developing countries. The partnership has since expanded to represent a range of international research agencies, public health institutes and health NGOs on a global level. More...

Initiative on Public-Private Partnerships for Health (IPPPH) (ceased activities)

IPPPH aimed at increasing the effectiveness of public-private collaboration, particularly by helping those seeking to develop health products, or to improve access to products needed to fight neglected diseases and other health problems in developing countries. More...

Road Traffic Injuries Research Network (RTIRN)

The goal of the initiative is to establish networking mechanisms and facilitate the establishment of partnerships between road traffic injury researchers and institutions internationally that will support the development and strengthening of research agendas and research capacity in low- and middle-income countries. More...

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

The SVRI aims to build an experienced and committed network of researchers, policy-makers, activists and donors to ensure that the many aspects of sexual violence are addressed from the perspective of different disciplines and cultures. More..