The establishment of United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) befits the role of the United Nations in the effort to resolve issues pertaining to the well being of its people and member states. The role of UNU-IIGH fulfills the needs to achieve the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) as the role transcends all the agendas as outlined in the MDGs.
IIGH at a Glance
Background and Rationale for the establishment of the institute
The idea to set up IIGH was mooted by UNU and WHO in 2000 to address issues on Global Health and Public Health Delivery Systems.
Observation by a feasibility study team comprised of international experts found Malaysia highly favourable to host UNU-IIGH especially in terms of Malaysia’s significant development in the last three decades.
A Memorandum of Agreement between UNU and the Government of Malaysia was signed on 26th of May in Tokyo.
UNU-IIGH officially started its operation on 1st of March 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. The permanent site of the UNU-IIGH building is situated at the UKM Hospital Complex, Kuala Lumpur.
Issues on Global Health are embedded in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and they are emphasized through a call to improve health and longevity of the poor by 2015 especially in the developing countries.
- To enhance efficiency, quality, access and equity in the delivery of healthcare services.
- To undertake and strengthen research in global health towards achieving Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
- To facilitate disseminate of information and innovation on global health in developing countries.
- To build and enhance capacities to contribute in solving global health issues especially in developing countries.
- To promote networking among research institutions in developed and developing countries.
UNU IIGH’s Mission
UNU-IIGH is to undertake research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge related to key issues of human health. The institute seeks to contribute to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries and to support implementation of promotive approach to human health.
The Institute focuses on these thematic research areas :
To be a leading and innovative centre on research and capacity building in Global Health.