Institute of Global Health Equity Research

Research. Innovation. Impact. Equity

Watch the IGHER Launch Replay Here

We have embarked on a journey to become Africa’s leading Institute of Global Health Equity Research, recognized worldwide for our innovative approach, impact, inclusivity, and togetherness. 


Our narrative connects our people to our institution. Our institute is defined by its members, young, vibrant, energetic researchers with great moral values and inquisitive minds whose scientific curiosity shall lead to ambitious discoveries in the service of health equity.

Our teaching practices are responsive to various contexts, shaping the institute as a modern learning institution, enabling us to meet the challenges and discover solutions that influence and change the world around us, while we embrace change and challenge ourselves.

Looking ahead begins with knowing who we are. It helps us understand who we can and will become.



We are a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive institute committed to transforming healthcare – for ourselves, our society, for our continent and our world.


We are determined to be the “voice of less fortunate” and produce the best research looking for equity solutions and innovative purposeful tools.


We are empathetic, respectful and in tune with the society in which we operate.


We are rooted in the African reality, but open-minded to create novel solutions for today while looking at tomorrow.

This is the platform on which we establish and build our valued reputation.


All our initiatives have at their core the need for equity-based actions.


A world where research routinely provides answers to the way in which meaningful reductions in health inequities can be achieved.


To conduct research and provide research training to change the way health care is developed and delivered globally to eradicate health inequities.

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The Institute of Global Health Equity Research is offering opportunities to international researchers to spend time with us in Rwanda as visiting scientists/professors or fellows, to start or continue impactful community research, or to engage in the current activities of our research team and institute.

The institute has also a dedicated program for international students offering research fellowships and mentorship programs.

In addition, the institute hosts a monthly journal club in collaboration with NIH, North West University, monthly seminars and produces a regular research newsletter.

If interested in any of our programs above, please subscribe to our communication letter by completing the form below:

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For additional information please send an email to Prof Dr Cristina Stefan, the director of the institute at

Watch the IGHER Team Video Here