Our primary aim in the research strand is focused on providing innovative solutions and collecting and showcasing pioneering case studies, analysis and information. In doing this, we integrate existing research activities within the Centre and involve other departments and faculties within Trinity and in other Irish Universities towards the goal of improving global health. The Centre's rapidly expanding research programme is very much focused on strengthening health systems through policy and health systems research. The multidisciplinarity of our team of researchers means that we are able to address problems from a variety of perspectives bringing richness and depth to the systems approach. A strong distinguishing feature of all our research is its participatory nature which ensures that our research questions and findings are as relevant to practitioners and policy makers as they are to academics. We actively form partnerships with NGOs, government departments and advocacy organisations to facilitate the process of translating our research findings into effective policies and actions. We also have strong collaborative partnerships with other universities and aim to build long-term productive relationships with institutions that we believe have similar interests and complementary expertise.
Through the creation of a network of specialists in the area of Global Health and an expanded research programme in this area we actively encourage discussion and debate on policy and practice in the global health arena. A longer term aim is to build a national resource centre with strong links to similar centres in the European Union, the United States and in low income countries. This Resource Centre will harness expertise to forward the research agenda in global health and provide advice, consultancy, discussion papers and hold seminars for policy makers, practitioners and students working in a global health context. The Centre also collaborates closely with Irish Aid, the Irish Forum for Global Health and Irish NGOs working in the health sector. The Centre provides support to the health team at Irish Aid in terms of regular technical analysis of health systems issues around immunization, HIV/AIDS and human resources policy. Currently, the Centre is assisting with the Irish support for GAVI and other initiatives. We also have a member of staff on the Irish Aid Technical Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and other global communicable diseases.