The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases facilitates and funds joint research activities on chronic, non-communicable diseases in low and middle-income countries and in vulnerable communities in high-income countries. The research aims to contribute to the evidence base with which policy-makers develop and implement strategies for improving the health of their constituencies. Their joint, global activities and unique model of pairing high-income country researchers with low-income country researchers, distinguish GACD programmes from other funded research on non-communicable diseases.
The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) is a collection of the world's biggest public research funding agencies. We fund joint programmes into life-style related or chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, lung diseases and mental health).
The alliance coordinates and supports research activities that address the prevention and treatment of NCDs or chronic non-communicable diseases, on a global scale. NCDs account for 60% of deaths globally. Their multi-country, multi-disciplinary research focuses in particular on the needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 80% of deaths from chronic diseases occur. They also focus on research with vulnerable populations of more developed countries.
The GACD is the first collaboration of major research funding agencies to specifically address chronic non-communicable diseases. Together, the members of the alliance represent 80% of public health research funding worldwide. Their international Secretariat is based at the UCL Institute for Global Health in London, UK.