20 years of impact
2019 marks 20 years since the founding of The George Institute for Global Health. During this time, our researchers have been profoundly impacting international treatment guidelines for a number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and critical conditions, as well as devising new strategies and technologies for providing better primary care and contributing towards healthier societies.
As you’ll read in this publication, we have many achievements to celebrate during the last two decades. We have grown to more than 700 people globally, with partnerships and projects in more than 50 countries. Since 1999, we have raised $1 billion for research and generated more than 8,000 publications and other academic outputs, building much needed evidence to effectively and sustainably transform care and health systems globally.
However much work remains to be done. Each year, NCDs kill 41 million people and injuries claim 5 million lives, the vast majority of which are in low- and middle-income countries. Compounding this is the fact that half the world’s population lacks access to essential health care, and each year an estimated 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty because of unexpected out-of-pocket health expenses. The reflections in the following pages highlight our impact over the past two decades. Our ground breaking research. Our values and culture. Our people and their commitment to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.
While our organisation has changed significantly in the last 20 years, our vision today remains the same – to challenge the status quo and use innovative approaches to prevent and treat the world’s biggest killers, namely NCDs and injuries.
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this milestone in our history - we look forward to what we can achieve together in the next 20 years.