The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is an international research institute that provides sustainable solutions to major health problems. By taking a problem-oriented approach, AIGHD transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines and integrates three fundamental activities into one institute: research on Global Health; education and capacity building; policy advising and impact.

AIGHD started as a partnership between the Academic Medical Centre (AMC), the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the VU University Amsterdam (VU); today it is a dynamic network that thrives on the intense collaboration among biomedical researchers, social scientists and economists. With this multidisciplinary and translational approach, AIGHD addresses the medical, economic, social, and political challenges of Global Health that cut across national and political borders.

Access to high quality health care for all
To realize its vision of Access to high quality health care for all, AIGHD closely collaborates with implementing partners and with organizations from the public and private sectors around the globe. AIGHD works by linking expertise, resources and programs from organizations that are involved in health-related research, education, capacity building and policy making bringing a “delivery perspective” to health research, and a “quality aspect” to health care services. Together with a global network, AIGHD is pioneering innovative approaches to the delivery, financing and improvement of health care in resource-poor settings.

Founded in 2003 under the name the Centre for Poverty-Related Communicable Diseases (CPCD), AIGHD was officially opened in the presence of the late Prince Friso van Oranje-Nassau and Princess Mabel van Oranje on 7 October 2009. With its headquarters in the Netherlands and offices in Asia and Africa, AIGHD quickly expanded to become the international research institute it is today.


To provide sustainable solutions to major health problems across our planet, by forging synergies between disciplines, health care delivery, research and education.