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IDRC contributes to the global fight
against HIV/AIDS

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was one of the first international donor agencies to recognize the importance of HIV/AIDS as a development issue. Since the mid-1980s, IDRC has taken a broad approach to this research, based...

IDRC Bulletin — April 2014

In this issue, IDRC celebrates World Health Day. Learn more about some of IDRC's global health policy programs, which support research that strengthen health systems and improve equitable access to primary healthcare.    Featured this month ...

Top stories of 2013 on

      From promoting democracy to improving health and increasing prosperity, the most popular stories on our website last year showcase IDRC-funded research tackling some of the most complex challenges in the developing world:       Tea...

Targeting non-communicable diseases: Beyond tobacco

The burden of disease is shifting, with an increasing portion of illness caused by non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. These are the leading causes of death and disability around the world and will...

Health research and policy in the Arab world: dealing with changing political landscapes

The Arab World is witnessing critical transitions that will affect the future of our communities. Research and science play an instrumental role in development by linking policy to the needs, demands, and aspirations of the community. Health...

AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences and IDRC – an innovative and far-reaching partnership

Since 1954 the American University of Beirut’s (AUB) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) has sought knowledge and scientific evidence to guide policy decisions on healthcare issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The faculty teaches and...

Getting ahead of pandemics

The responses to the troubling news from China of a growing number of deaths from H7N9 are all too familiar. World public-health experts appear to be waiting for H7N9 to be declared a pandemic so they can launch their policies; scientists in the lab...

Strengthening health systems

As the world observes World Health Day on April 7, IDRC asked researchers:What does it take to strengthen health systems?The quotes below represent a range of views on this important issue. The opinions expressed reflect those of the speaker, and...

Maternal health
How do we make health systems work for mother and child?

Global progress on improving maternal and child health has been hard-won and deeply uneven. Researchers supported by IDRC focus on the root causes of inequities and how health systems can better meet the needs of women and children.​ According to...

Health Information Systems
From evidence to action

Equitable health policies demand timely and reliable evidence on what is needed, what works, and who is being left out. A combination of research and training supported by IDRC is strengthening health information systems in low- and middle- income...

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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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