A person's life expectancy should not be determined by where they're born 

ISGlobal works to promote equality in health throughout the world.

ISGlobal Barcelona: an internationally renowned centre of research to address the challenges in health in a globalised world

The Global Health Institute of Barcelona (ISGlobal) is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to promote global health.


The aim is to break the vicious circle that unfortunately exists in the world today: illness creates poverty and poverty creates more illness.

ISGlobal provides a hub of excellence in research and health care that continues and expands the work started by Hospital Clínic and the University of Barcelona, with over 30 years' experience in global health. The mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research via its Training and Policy and Global Development departments.

Its ultimate goal is to correct the inequalities in health between and within different regions of the world.Because, as stated by the key principle of ISGlobal, "in the 21st century we should not tolerate a situation in which a person's life expectancy is determined by where they are born".

Since 2013 the Institute of Global Health in Barcelona has worked in alliance with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL). CREAL's mission is to promote and develop advanced epidemiological research into the environmental factors that affect human health in order to help prevent and control their harmful effects.

Through this strategic alliance, ISGlobal has developed a cutting-edge cluster of research expertise with the capacity to address health challenges, including infectious diseases and non-communicable chronic diseases, with a strong focus on their environmental determinants.

A team of more than 170 people collaborate in over 40 countries, producing more than 160 scientific publications and training over 300 professionals every year.

The following represent the main pillars of ISGlobal's work:

Research to create knowledge regarding illnesses and the different strategies to address them throughout the world.

Training to transmit all this knowledge and thereby reach those people who can apply it in the field in any community on the planet that may be affected.

Policy and global development to consolidate actions based on the knowledge created and that help to transform situations throughout the globe.