Promoting healthy societies
Public health research and disease- specific
research drive international co-operation's health-related projects.
Building strong health systems in any country, but particularly
in those which are not in the economic front rank, is as much
about creating the correct management policies as it is combating
the causes and effects of disease.
Therefore, INCO-Med takes an holistic approach
to promoting healthy societies, aiming to remove the burden of
disease and, in the long term, support socio-economic activity.
INCO has promoted the study of the effect on human health of man-made
changes to ecosystems and landscapes. The knowledge gained here
has helped the programme to finance projects which improve the
environment and therefore the health of local people. A good example
is the treatment of wastewater so that it can be reused for agriculture
and, at the same time, pose less of a threat to human health.
Other research has included the development
of diagnostic products, drugs and vaccines, and studies of reproductive
health. Efficient delivery of services is as important as creating
That is why INCO has promoted research on health
systems and health sector reforms, including: evaluation of health
policies; examination of the management and finances of health
services; the validation of health care delivery models; and studies
to explore human resources, and gender issues.