Health Challenge

Maternal, Newborn and Reproductive Health

Researchers at UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and the Institute for Global Health Sciences conduct research and training programs around the world to ensure that women have the power to plan their families through access to safe and effective birth control, abortion services, sex education, and childbirth and HIV/STI care — regardless of […]

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Non-Communicable Diseases

IGHS is committed to addressing the rising global challenge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes. We focus on advancing innovative research, implementing evidence-based interventions and fostering multi-sectoral partnerships to mitigate the impact of NCDs, especially in low- and middle-income countries. We emphasize equitable health care access and the development […]

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Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases

IGHS is at the forefront of addressing emerging infectious diseases, spearheading groundbreaking research and implementing innovative interventions to combat dynamic global health threats. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies, IGHS advances the understanding of infectious disease pathology, transmission dynamics and epidemiology. We work to develop novel diagnostics, treatments and vaccines to curtail the impact of infectious diseases on […]

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Climate Change

Climate change will likely be the most significant global health threat of the 21st century. As global temperatures rise, communities worldwide face health risks from extreme heat and storms, shifting disease patterns and potentially catastrophic threats to food and water security. Health leaders are beginning to consider what they can do to minimize the health […]

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Mental Health

IGHS takes a holistic approach to mental health, encompassing training, direct interventions and research on care models. Our work emphasizes the interconnectedness of mental health with other health outcomes and socio-economic factors. With projects in various countries and regions, we collaborate with local communities, policymakers, and global partners to understand different populations’ unique mental health […]

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Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases

Every year, tuberculosis (TB) kills 1.6 million people – more than malaria and HIV combined – making it the world’s deadliest infectious disease. UCSF doctors and scientists have been battling this deadly yet curable disease for over 140 years. Today, UCSF addresses work in California and around the world. Projects

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IGHS has been supporting the COVID-19 response locally and globally, applying its extensive experience and multidisciplinary expertise to address the unprecedented global health crisis. We have contributed to a broad spectrum of COVID-19-related activities, including pioneering research to understand the virus and its variants better, evaluating diagnostic tools and treatment protocols, training the workforce, including […]

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IGHS conducts basic science, surveillance and vector control research and develops innovative strategic solutions to eliminate malaria and catalyze action in countries and regions, paving the way for global eradication. Projects

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HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections

For more than 30 years, UCSF has been a world leader in HIV/AIDS research and treatment. Under the auspices of the AIDS Research Institute, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and IGHS’s Center for Global Strategic Information and Public Health Practice, UCSF researchers and clinicians take the lessons learned in San Francisco and implement them […]

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