Pillar 3: Capacity Building

Expanding the UNU-IIGH network, activities and reach with the aim of serving as a South-South learning hub for global health

UNU IIGH experts providing a training session.

In line with the mission of UNU-IIGH, Pillar 3: Capacity Building, plays a pivotal role in driving global health advancements. This pillar is dedicated to empowering individuals and governments with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to respond to global health challenges. We believe that fostering capacity is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing global health challenges. Pillar 3 accomplishes its goals through three key activities: conducting training, seminars, and workshops; supporting South-South engagement; and developing knowledge products to inform global policy, such as short courses, massive online open courses (MOOCs), manuals and textbooks. These activities not only strengthen the abilities of governments, researchers, civil society, and policymakers but also promote collaboration on a global scale, ultimately contributing to better health outcomes for all. 

1. Conducting training, seminars, and workshops 

At UNU-IIGH, we understand that knowledge is the cornerstone of progress in public health. To support the implementation of global guidance, we conduct a wide range of training through seminars, workshops and online courses. These gatherings bring together a diverse array of stakeholders, including policymakers, researchers, civil society organizations, the private sector, and professional associations. By fostering dialogue and collaboration among these groups, we enhance government capacity in public health. Through interactive sessions, expert briefings, and webinars, participants gain valuable insights, share best practices, and build the skills needed to address complex health challenges. Our commitment to knowledge sharing is at the heart of our efforts to drive positive change in the field of global health. 

2. Supporting south-south engagement 

Global health is a collective effort that transcends borders. To strengthen capacity for local decision-making, UNU-IIGH actively supports South-South engagement. This initiative focuses on connecting international and local networks, with a particular emphasis on leveraging Malaysian expertise. The Malaysian Global Health Consortium plays a pivotal role in facilitating this engagement, enabling knowledge transfer and collaboration between Malaysia and low- and middle-income countries around the world. By nurturing these connections, we promote the exchange of ideas, innovations, and experiences that are vital for addressing region-specific health challenges and fostering sustainable global health solutions. 

3.  Developing knowledge products to inform global policy 

In our pursuit of excellence in global health, UNU-IIGH is committed to developing and disseminating knowledge products that inform global policy and best practice. This involves creating resources such as short courses, massive online open courses (MOOCs) and textbooks/manuals that distill the latest evidence-based approaches. Whenever relevant, we draw upon Malaysia's experiences as a case study for best practices and health system learning. By sharing practical insights and real-world success stories, we empower policymakers, researchers, and practitioners with the tools they need to make informed decisions and drive positive change. Through these knowledge products, we contribute to the advancement of global health and the achievement of the SDGs. 




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