International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)

Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

Board members
  • The UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is the designated UN  think tank on global health, serving as a policy translation hub for UN member states, agencies, and programmes. The institute generates policy-relevant analysis by applying a gender lens to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health programmes. UNU-IIGH also supports capacity development of local decision makers and stakeholders to engage effectively with global health challenges within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The objectives of UNU-IIGH are to:

    • generate recommendations and build consensus on key global health issues through convening of policy dialogues with member states, UN agencies, and other key stakeholders;
    • undertake translation and dissemination of global guidance and recommendations in global health priority areas to make them relevant for country-level decision makers;
    • support implementation of global guidance through expert briefings, advice, and training;
    • develop analytical tools to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of gender mainstreaming tools in health programming;
    • review evidence and generate new knowledge in approaches to addressing gender inequalities in health and health outcomes;
    • strengthen capacity for local decision making through South-South learning and fostering engagement between academics, professional associations, researchers, civil society, and policy makers; and
    • develop knowledge products to inform global policy and best practice across health in the SDGs
  • Dr Sania Nishtar (Pakistan)
    Chair of Board, President of Heartfile, Islamabad

    Prof. Waleska Caiaffa (Brazil)
    Full Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology, Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Minas Gerais

    Dr Alex Ezeh (Nigeria)
    Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Washington

    Dr Maimunah A Hamid (Malaysia)
    Professor, Community Medicine in School of Medicine, International Medical University Malaysia

    Dr Flavia Bustreo (Italy)
    Assistant Director-General, Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

    Ex Officio Members

    Dr David M. Malone (Canada)
    Rector, UNU

    Dr Obijiofor Aginam  (Nigeria/Canada)
    Officer in Charge & Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IIGH


    United Nations University
    International Institute for Global Health
    HUKM Complex
    Faculty of Medicine
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
    Jalan Yaacob Latiff
    56000 Cheras
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    T: +60 3 9171-5394
    F: +60 3 9171-5402