NIH in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a long history of partnership with countries throughout Africa to advance research and research training.

Following find highlights of many NIH-African partnerships on critical health issues impacting African countries, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, and pollution from elemental cookstoves.


Resources | Medical Education | HIV/AIDS | Malaria |
TB | NTDs | Cookstoves | Genomics | by Country | Profiles


NIH-Africa Resources

NIH and Africa Invest in Medical Education

Male researcher in lab coat and gloves works with samples, two other men observe
Photos by Richard Lord
for Fogarty/NIH

Medical workers in white coats, one adjusts computer with large monitor

Women seated across from each other in shade outside, both look at sheets of notes and data

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) aims to strengthen in-country medical education systems and build clinical and research capacity at research sites throughout Africa. NIH is a proud partner of the program, which is largely funded by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and jointly administered by Fogarty and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

NIH-Africa HIV/AIDS Research and Training

NIH-Africa Malaria Research and Training

NIH-Africa Tuberculosis (TB) Research and Training

NIH-Africa Research and Training in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

NIH-Africa Cookstoves Research and Training

In African countries, where many rely on elemental stoves for cooking or heating, research on indoor air pollution (IAP) caused by cookstoves is critical to better understand their impact on health, and to encourage adoption of clean and efficient cooking stoves and fuels.

NIH-Africa Genomics Research through H3Africa

The Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) Initiative aims to facilitate a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases with the goal of improving the health of African populations. The NIH, African Society of Human Genetics and Wellcome Trust are partners.

Woman holds a baby, female medical worker sits across from her wearing stethoscope, male medical worker stands behind

Medical worker in scubs demonstrates on dummy model laying on stretcher, on worker in white coat observes, large group observes
Photo courtesy of Komfo Anokye
Teaching Hospital, Ghana

Three men in dress shirts in office gather around a microscope

NIH Research in African Countries

Learn more about research and research training efforts by African country:

Building the next generation of scientists:
Profiles of Fogarty's Scholars and Fellows

Through programs that foster Fogarty's many early stage investigators have worked throughout Africa to solve complex health problems.

Updated August 2014