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The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.

Health Research and Knowledge Translation

ISGlobal's mission is to improve global health and promote health equity through excellence in research and the translation and application of knowledge

A Hub of Excellence

ISGlobal provides a hub of excellence dedicated to scientific research and the provision of health care. The institute, which originated in a joint initiative of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the University of Barcelona, has amassed over 30 years of experience in the field of global health. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the Training and Policy and Global Development departments.

Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.

Since 2013, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health works in alliance with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL).

Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative

Improving the health outcomes of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, such as the less well-off women and children in the developing world, is a priority for ISGlobal. For that reason and building on the work of the past 20 years ISGlobal launched in 2011 the Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health Initiative (MCRH). Research on new and better diagnostic and treatments tools, as well as preventive interventions is essential. But it is also crucial to translate the knowledge generated into action, through training, analysis and technical cooperation. The approach of a multidisciplinary institution such as ISGlobal should help to bridge the gap between knowledge generation and action. In this way, we are able to support global efforts to ensure that all women and children, regardless of where they live or were they are born, have access to quality health care services.

The Initiative focuses its efforts mainly in three areas: malaria in pregnancy, the causes of maternal mortality, and the human papillomavirus vaccine.


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