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Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs)

Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), such as those listed below, provide valuable resources, tools and funding in the field of global health research.

International | Scientific | Advocacy/Policy | Foundations | Others

International Organizations

  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria - An international financing institution that invests the world’s money to save lives.
  • Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) - An innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
  • World Bank - A vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world to fight poverty, including making investments to improve health.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) - The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, including shaping the health research agenda.

Scientific Organizations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
    • Science and Diplomacy - This quarterly publication from AAAS provides a forum for rigorous thought, analysis and insight to serve stakeholders who develop, implement and teach all aspects of science and diplomacy.
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) - A worldwide community of researchers, clinicians and professionals dedicated to advancing global health through collaboration, education and career advancement in tropical medicine.
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS) - An international society committed to improving global health - particularly regarding tuberculosis diagnosis, treatment and control - and is a forceful advocate for tobacco control and smoking cessation.
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) - A consortium of colleges and universities that builds collaborations and exchange of knowledge and experience among interdisciplinary university global health programs working across education, research and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities, everywhere.
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) - Represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.
  • International Diabetes Federation (IDF) - An umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries.

Advocacy/Policy Organizations


  • Accordia Global Health Foundation - Works within African medical centers to develop lasting institutional leadership and pave the way for stronger African health systems.
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.
  • Foundation for NIH (FNIH) - An independent non-profit organization, we accomplish this by raising private funds and creating public-private partnerships to support the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • UN Foundation (UNF) - Links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, children’s health, peace and security, and poverty eradication.
  • Wellcome Trust – A global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds.

Other Resources

  • Gapminder - Uses data to promote a fact-based world view that promotes sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
  • Worldmapper - A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest, including those related to global health.

Updated October 2012