Preventable infectious diseases are causing unnecessary death and misery in the developing world, directly threatening the social infrastructure and economic development of many nations.
Health is a fundamental building block of thriving people, communities, and nations. Healthy people can attend school, go to work, and support families. Healthy communities enrich countries and enable sustainable, stable economies. Now, more than ever, the developing world needs investments in the health of its populations.
The GHIT Fund's definition of “investment in health” is the advancement of global health R&D to improve the health of populations in developing countries through life-saving innovative technology.
The GHIT Fund believes that a key priority for Japan’s international contribution in the 21st century is to encourage domestic innovation that creates products serving the poorest of the poor. In this way, Japan, a world leader in science and technology, can leverage its resources to contribute tangibly to global health.