Leading research collaborations on chronic diseases


What we do

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) is a collection of the world's biggest public research funding agencies. We fund joint programmes into life-style related or chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain cancers, lung diseases and mental health). 

The alliance coordinates and supports research activities that address the prevention and treatment of NCDs or chronic non-communicable diseases, on a global scale. NCDs account for 60% of deaths globally. Our multi-country, multi-disciplinary research focuses in particular on the needs of low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where 80% of deaths from chronic diseases occur. We also focus on research with vulnerable populations of more developed countries. 

The GACD is the first collaboration of major research funding agencies to specifically address chronic non-communicable diseases. Together, the members of the alliance represent 80% of public health research funding worldwide. Our international Secretariat is based at the UCL Institute for Global Health in London, UK. 

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In this video, Celina Gorre, Executive Director of the GACD Secretariat, and Professor Anthony Costello, former Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health (IGH), talk about the impact of chronic non-communicable diseases, how GACD members are working to combat this and why IGH's multi-disciplinary research makes it the perfect host for the GACD Secretariat.