Global Health Equity Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, prevention services, and healthcare. The Foundation is a primary source for knowledge on health equity and integrates its research into advocacy and capacity building projects for improved health equity worldwide. Since 2007, the Foundation has sponsored projects in the United States as a 501(c)(3) organization. In October 2012, GHEF opened its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland as a registered non-profit.
The foundation stands for global health equity as an essential and core discipline for global public health education and application in global health governance.
Strategies and Activities
Global Health Equity Foundation engages in three core strategies:
• Capacity Building
Collection, measurement, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. The goal is to provide qualitative, influential recommendations to health leaders and grassroots actors, enabling them to improve health equity in their given population. These activities produce research methodologies and tools for developing contextual solutions specific to the customs and culture of a given population.
Raising awareness of health inequities and of the right to impartiality in treatment. The goal is to alleviate problems related to lack of access to healthcare, health education, and health prevention services. The strategy includes educating communities about current and potential solutions to health inequity and advocating on behalf of displaced populations, for instance through media projects.
Improving local conditions for a given population. The goal is to make lasting, positive change in the way that a given population gains access to healthcare, health education, and prevention services. These activities build on existing knowledge and experience to improve individual and group skills through services such as training, coaching, and community capacity building. The foundation’s activities employ and connect the three strategies of research, advocacy and capacity building. The interdependent nature of health equity work allows the foundation to create activities that are mutually reinforcing and beneficial in their research, methods, outcomes, and achievements. The foundation is also careful to maintain the unique focus of each activity to ensure success.