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INDEPTH Training and Research Centres of Excellence

Objective

The major causes of poor health are rooted in our societies. Governments are encouraged to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of achieving health equity. This requires setting-specific, timely and relevant evidence on the relationship between determinants and outcomes which is yet limited, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). This calls for research on social determinants of health and demands capacity-building activities to enable such research.
INTREC collaboration action is envisioned to address health inequities in LMICs of Africa and Asia by developing sustainable capacity for research for health and its social determinants, and by facilitating translation of research findings into policy and practice in both regions. INTREC also advocates for gender equity in health research by promoting women scientists.
INTREC activities will cover three African (Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania) and four Asian countries (Indonesia, Viet Nam, Bangladesh, India) and will be concentrated in two training centres in Ghana and Indonesia. The centers are to become focal points for research on social determinants of health in LMICs, thus enabling extensive South-South and North-South networks and research cooperation.
INTREC approach to capacity-building is holistic and includes both, providing state-of-the-art region-specific training for young researchers, and educating decision-makers on social determinants of health. The work will be carried by a strong Consortium team of five university-based centres in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, the United States of America and Indonesia and by one research network of demographic surveillance sites in LMICs with headquarters in Ghana (INDEPTH).
INTREC approach will be evaluated at the end of a 3,5-year period. Based on the results of this evaluation, a conceptual framework on how to build sustainable capacity for research on health and its social determinants that could be applied in other LMICs will be developed.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2011-single-stage
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Coordinator

UMEA UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 596 120,89
Administrative Contact
Peter Byass (Prof.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 227 861,85
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Eisenhauer
INDEPTH NETWORK
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 422 182,41
Address
Mensah Wood Street, East Legon 11
KD Accra
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Osman Sankoh (Dr.)
GADJAH MADA UNIVERSITY
Indonesia
EU contribution
€ 191 344,89
Address
Bulaksumur
55281 Yogyakarta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laksono Trisnantoro (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 163 081
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
B.E. Ankoné (Ms.)
HARVARD GLOBAL RESEARCH AND SUPPORT SERVICES INC.
United States
EU contribution
€ 396 810,96
Address
Office Of The General Counsel, Holyoke Center, Suite 980, Massachusetts Avenue 1350
02138 Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tiffany Blackman