GHIN: A network approach to Global Health and HIV/AIDS initiatives: Issues of Harmonization, Systems Capacity and Marginalized Groups

The Global HIV/AIDS Initiative Network (GHIN) is a multi-country coordination network which links and support 17 country institutions in 15 southern countries, supported by six northern institutions, who are all researching the effects of GHIs on country systems, focusing particularly on district level effects.  These include the effects of GHIs on health workers, on service coordination, and on access to services and non-HIV priorities.  GHIN coordination is by staff at the RCSI and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

A comprehensive set of outputs is on the GHIN website


Funded by: Irish Aid & Danida

GHIs in Africa: Experience of African countries with global health initiatives

GHIs is a FP6 EU consortium based project which aims to understand how the rise of GHIs has impacted the architecture of development partnerships and national-level health systems management functions in four southern African countries. It addresses an emerging area of research associated with health system impact assessment. It is lead by Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine and partners include University of Pretoria, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Mozambique), University of the Western Cape (South Africa), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Centros de estudos Avancados em Educacao e formacao Medica, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical University Nova de Lisboa. RCSI have established a study with the National University of Lesotho.

Funded by: FP6 EU Grant


Rebuilding Reproductive & Child Health System in Post Conflict Settings Initiative

This initiative aims toproduce evidence and conduct research using innovative approaches to listen to hard-to-reach communities in post conflict settings as part of our  support to evidence based health systems decisions and policies. This initiative is a partnership of policy makers, health providers, community leaders, local & international NGOs and Communities and is led by University of Medical Sciences & Technology (UMST), Khartoum, Sudan.   Advisers to this initiative are Connecting Health Research in Africa and Ireland Consortium (CHRAIC) and Options UK.  ReReCHI is multidisciplinary and comprises researchers from different backgrounds such as medical, laboratory, family sciences, public health, health system & policy, nursing, interns, and volunteers.


Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes 2007-2011

The overall aim of this programme is to support Irish Aid’s mission in reducing poverty through a programme of strategic cooperation with higher education and research institutes in Ireland and in partner countries.

The objectives are:

1. To facilitate the establishment of collaborative partnerships within and between higher education institutions and research institutes in Ireland and in countries benefiting from Irish Aid support.

2. To support the realisation of Irish Aid’s policy objectives in the following areas which are of strategic relevance to the objectives of the Irish Aid programme:

  • Poverty and disadvantage
  • Pro-poor economic growth
  • Health
  • Education
  • Food and livelihood security
  • Gender equality
  • Good governance
  • The environment.

3. To support the realisation of Irish Aid’s policy objectives through capacity building of higher education and research institutions.