Health is one of the key challenges for international development, with one child a minute dying from malaria, and many other lives ruined by infectious and non-communicable diseases.
UKCDS member organisations fund hundreds of millions of pounds of health research every year, from fundamental genetics to clinical trials and the study of how health systems could be improved. Some of this research is funded by single Members, but increasing amounts is funded in partnership, like the joint Global Health Trials Initiative (MRC, Wellcome Trust and DFID).
Health and development
The UKCDS Secretariat brings health funders together to share information, and promote opportunities for collaboration.
This is primarily through the Health Funders Forum for Research in Developing Countries, which meets every six months to discuss current activities and opportunities for working together.
Part of this is the work on health systems. UKCDS member organisations understand that for health services to reach the that people need them requires a functioning health system, with policies, institutions and people working effectively.
UKCDS member organisations are working together to collect rigorous evidence on how health systems work, and what can be done to improve them.