The global health landscape is changing rapidly as a consequence of a myriad of factors, including population growth, ageing, lifestyle changes and new pandemics of chronic disease and injury. This is placing unprecedented demands on already overstretched healthcare resources in both higher and lower income countries.
Our work focuses on the global health challenges that cause the greatest loss of life and the greatest impairment of life quality, particularly in resource-poor settings.
Non-communicable diseases collectively cause over 70% of all deaths worldwide, or 41 million people each year, including 15 million people dying prematurely, aged between 30 and 69. Over 85% of these premature deaths are in low- and middle-income countries. Injuries claimed 5 million lives in 2015, the majority of which are in low- and middle-income countries.
Compounding these challenges is the fact that millions of people worldwide do not have access to primary health care.
Research is essential in the development of effective and affordable solutions to these challenges.
The George Institute is committed to undertaking research and identifying practical approaches towards better treatments, better care and healthier societies by:
• finding better treatments for the world’s biggest health problems;
• transforming primary health care to support better health for more people; and
• harnessing the power of communities, governments and markets to improve health.
Read more about our work across common chronic and critical conditions below, or download our strategy for tackling the world’s biggest health problems.