Strengthening Health Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Global Health Network is a community of practice that established a decentralized governance structure based on three coordination hubs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, creating a collaborative network in the global southern hemisphere.

Latin America and the Caribbean, operate through seven country centres distributed across the region and a regional centre located in Brazil - the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz). To learn about TGHN centres in Latin America, click here.


Mission and Vision

The mission of The Global Health Network LAC is to strengthen health research in Latin America through knowledge exchange and training.

The Global Health Network's vision is to collaborate to ensure that all individuals in Latin America have access to better health practices, regardless of their geographical location or socioeconomic status. We strongly believe in the power of collaborative networks and work to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences among healthcare professionals within and outside the region.


Strategic Objectives

The Global Health Network Latin America and the Caribbean is built on collaboration and active participation of communities of practice, utilizing a "knowledge hub" as a platform to foster capacity development that helps healthcare professionals improve their skills and knowledge in health research.

  • Foster collaboration and knowledge exchange among healthcare professionals worldwide.
  • Provide high-quality resources and tools to enhance skills and knowledge in global health.
  • Promote research training and innovation in key areas of global health.
  • Drive collaboration among scientists, institutions, and countries to accelerate scientific progress in health.
  • Advocate for policies and practices that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and global health.

The objectives of TGHN LAC align with those of  The Global Health Network, and overlaps with those of international organizations addressing global health challenges, working together to advance toward a healthier and more equitable future.


Governance Structure

The Global Health Network Latin America and the Caribbean has a participatory structure ensuring strategic decision-making and effective leadership in the region, composed of:

  1. Regional Steering Committee (RSC): Responsible for guiding the overall mission of their respective continent and overseeing the work of different working groups. The RSC provides advisory guidance and lacks the authority to make binding decisions. It comprises voluntary member representatives from regional and country centres in the region that have signed a collaborative agreement with The Global Health Network.
  2. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB): Interacts with the regional steering committee, guiding, advising, and evaluating the research plan and project progress. It also establishes connections with other institutions and networks as needed and provides recommendations for changes or improvements.
  3. Operational Team (OT): Responsible for executing various initiatives and activities, including training, meetings, workshops, and research projects.
  4. Collaborators: Play a crucial role in disseminating training initiatives and findings across continents, preventing overlaps across regions, and offering expertise-based support and advice.

Financing sources

The Global Health Network receives diverse support sources to ensure its independence, including:

  1. Grants and donations from philanthropic organizations, foundations, governments, and other entities interested in promoting global health.
  2. Collaborations and partnerships with organizations, academic institutions, and private sector companies.
  3. Sponsorships for events, conferences, and activities related to global health.

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