Oxford's partnerships in global health

The University of Oxford is a truly international university, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of global health. A world leader in medical science and health-related research, Oxford works in partnership with institutions around the globe to investigate, 'on the ground', some of the 21st century's leading causes of disease and death, and to develop health training and infrastructure. Oxford researchers are working in more than 30 different countries around the world on global health. These webpages give a taste of just some of these projects.


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The burden of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis falls most heavily on the countries of the developing world, with around 6m deaths per year. The so-called 'diseases of affluence', such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, are also increasing in prevalence as these countries advance economically.

Through the units of the Oxford Tropical Network, Oxford researchers are able to work with more patients with tropical diseases than any other university, and their work has transformed the treatment of infections such as malaria. The scope of Oxford's partnerships in global health also encompasses clinical trials, epidemiology, vaccine development, maternal and child health, the computer analysis of biological data, and the political, economic and social aspects of health in resource-poor countries.

Oxford researchers engage with the challenges of global health across a diverse range of geographical, social and political environments. The impact of this work depends critically on a network of long-standing collaborations with hospitals and universities overseas, supported by major funders such as the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Li Ka Shing Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Oxford's overseas partnerships are saving lives every day.

Explore the four themes below, or the world map on the next tab, to find out more about Oxford's overseas work in global health.

Malaria, HIV and other infectious diseases
Cancer, diabetes and other non-infectious diseases
Public health and patterns of disease
Health and society