Comprised of over 500 individual members, the Coalition is a non-profit organization convinced that research is a critical tool in reducing global health inequities. We support our members of whom more than 40% live and work in the developing world. Some of us are academics–researchers, educators and administrators. Some of us lead non-governmental organizations (NGOs): others are based in government agencies. Many of us are students who want to find careers that respond to the world’s inequities.
Connecting us all is our shared vision and passion to use knowledge to improve health and reduce inequities, and the conviction that Canada can better promote, coordinate and support global health research.
We understand “global health research” to mean the production, synthesis and use of knowledge that prioritizes equity and improved well-being for all people worldwide. This includes trans-national health issues and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Global health research informs policy at the local, national and global levels to improve programs, practices and health behavior.
Why We’re Here
- Global Health Inequities: Millions of people worldwide do not have access to essential health services. For example, each year 8 million children die needlessly and half a million mothers die unnecessarily during pregnancy.
- The ‘Know-Do’ Gap: Much knowledge about what could make a difference is available, but individuals and institutions in developing countries often do not have access to this information, or lack the capacity to apply this knowledge.
- The ’10/90′ Gap: According to the Global Forum for Health Research, only 10% of the world’s health research funding goes towards addressing the most pressing health issues affecting the poorest 90% of the world’s population.
- Limited Linkages between Researchers and Policymakers: There are few incentives for individual researchers to connect their knowledge with larger processes. Researchers often believe that their work is finished when it is published. Similarly, policymakers often do not seek out existing knowledge that may be of critical value to their policies.
- Lack of Capacities: Capacities to produce and use health knowledge, at the individual, institutional and system levels in developing countries, are weak.
- Need for greater coordination amongst Canadians: Canada has tremendous and unique expertise and resources to address these issues, but Canadian efforts are often fragmented. Our collective understanding about how to collaborate more effectively, including with developing country partners, is limited.
What We Do
Our work is organized into three program areas:
To learn more about each of these program areas, please click on the links above or visit our Programs page.
Interested in Joining?
If you’re interested in joining the Coalition, we encourage you to visit our Join the Coalition page to learn more about registration and benefits.
Current members may note that our new website does not yet include all of the benefits of MemberLodge that existed on our old website. For now, we encourage members to visit the old website at http://members.ccghr.ca for access to all of the same resources as were available prior to our switch. In the coming months we’ll be integrating more membership aspects of MemberLodge into the new www.ccghr.ca.