Areas of Focus

In keeping with the mission and goals of the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery our research, education, and scholarship will address these critical areas.

Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes and obesity were once considered diseases of solely of high-income settings, are now a global epidemic.



Infectious Diseases
While many infectious diseases deserve attention globally, two that are particularly concerning among the countries of the Center's region are tuberculosis and hepatitis C.


Mental Health
The category of mental disorders encompasses a wide range of conditions, from schizophrenia to autism to eating disorders. Estimating the number of people with mental disorders is difficult since diagnosis is complicated, diagnostic criteria may be different in different countries, and many people with mental disorders never seek treatment for these issues. Limited information exists on the burden of important mental disorders such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder in the countries of the Center's region.

Mental Health


Access to Surgical Care
One method of measuring a country's health system capacity is to examine patients' ability to access surgery when they need it.

Surgical Care


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