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Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) Working in Global Health Research

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

International | Scientific | Advocacy/Policy | Foundations | Others

International Organizations

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 for Microbiology (ASM) - A membership organization for microbiologists working to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.
  • 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.
  • Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) - A global coalition seeking to outsmart epidemics by developing safe and effective vaccines against known infectious disease threats that could be deployed rapidly to contain outbreaks, before they become global health emergencies. CEPI will initially target the MERS-CoV, Lassa and Nipah viruses.
  • 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.
  • CRDF Global - An independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training and services.
  • The Global Health Network - A collection of websites and online communities supporting global health researchers by facilitating collaboration and resource sharing.
  • 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 Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) - Supports health professionals, nongovernment organizations and governments around the world in their work to prevent, investigate and manage infectious disease outbreaks when they occur, especially in countries that have limited resources and that disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases.
  • International Diabetes Federation (IDF) - An umbrella organization of over 200 national diabetes associations in over 160 countries.
  • Planetary Health Alliance - A consortium of universities, NGOs and other partners supporting the growth of a rigorous, policy-focused, transdisciplinary field of applied research aimed at understanding and addressing the human health implications of accelerating change in the structure and function of Earth’s natural systems.

Advocacy/Policy Organizations


  • 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).
  • PanAfricare - PanAfricare (formerly Africare) seeks to implement synergistic activities to improve the health, education, and productivity of communities in Africa for the benefit of present and future generations.
  • 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.
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) - The IHME is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems.
  • 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 September 26, 2023