• The proposal for the establishment of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) developed out of discussions in 2000 between UNU and the World Health Organization around issues of global health and public health delivery systems.

    A feasibility study team comprised of international experts concluded that Malaysia was an excellent location to host UNU-IIGH. Subsequently, on 26 May 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement between UNU and the Government of Malaysia was signed at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    UNU-IIGH officially started operations on 1 March 2007 in Kuala Lumpur. The permanent site of the UNU-IIGH building is situated at the UKM Hospital Complex, Kuala Lumpur.


    Global health related issues are embedded in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will remain of key importance as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In this context, UNU-IIGH aims to:

    • Enhance efficiency, quality, access and equity in the delivery of healthcare services.
    • Undertake and strengthen research in global health towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    • Facilitate dissemination of information and innovation on global health solutions in developing countries.
    • Build and enhance capacities to contribute in solving global health issues especially in developing countries.
    • Promote networking among research institutions in developed and developing countries.


    UNU-IIGH undertakes research, capacity development and dissemination of knowledge related to key global health issues. The Institute contributes to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and supports implementation of promotive approaches to human health.