Leading research collaborations on chronic diseases


Our key research areas

We fund, develop and facilitate innovate research collaborations between low- and middle-income and high-income countries in the fight against chronic diseases.

What are NCDs?

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, are not passed from person to person and are of long duration and generally of slow progression. The five main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (e.g. heart attacks and stroke), certain cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma), type 2 diabetes, and mental disorders.

Find out more about NCDs with our fact sheet

Focus on implementation research

GACD funded research aims to contribute to the area of implementation science and address the significant knowledge gap between interventions that research has shown to be effective, and their delivery to communities and translation into practice. Learn more about implementation science here

Heart Disease

Heart disease

Heart disease is a major contributor to the growing global pandemic of cardiovascular disease and stroke.



One in ten of the world’s population will have type 2 diabetes by 2035. 

Lung Disease

Lung diseases

Chronic lung diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, and chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.

Mental Illnesses

Mental illnesses

Mental disorders represent an ever-increasing burden, to all ages of the population, challenging mental health and health systems. 



A leading cause of chronic-disease related death in the world. More than 30% of cancers are preventable.