The Institute for Global Health and Development

IGHD is a private, non-profit Foundation established in Guinea-Bissau on 1st July 2021 (Boletim Oficial Nr 36 of 6th September 2021), pursuant to Government decree of 12th February 1992 (Boletim Oficial Nr 12 of 23rd March 1992).

IGHD was formally launched on 8th December 2021.

IGHD connects, collaborates and co-creates to foster science and data driven policies, intelligence gathering to galvanize public debate and influence health, social and economic development-oriented solutions.

By working with a diverse range of partners, including local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders, IGHD aims to leverage unique strengths and expertise to achieve sustainable development outcomes.  


Dr Magda Robalo

President and co-founder

Dr Magda Robalo is the President and co-founder of The Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD). She is a public health physician and infectious disease expert, whose career spans for over 30 years in the global health ecosystem. She held senior leadership positions at the domestic and international level in various professional settings, working with Government, multilateral, and civil society organizations. She has a track record in promoting gender equality and equitable access to quality health care, social justice, ethics, and accountability.

She has solid knowledge and robust experience on a broad range of public health issues, and actively works on gender equality, ethics, and governance. She spearheaded successful initiatives as former Minister of Health, High Commissioner for the COVID-19 response in Guinea-Bissau, as WHO Representative and WHO Director of Communicable Diseases and as the Global Managing Director of Women in Global Health.

She serves on several Boards and Councils.

Dr Magda Robalo is a medical doctor (Universidade do Porto, Portugal) with a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Universidade Nova, Portugal) and a Master of Sciences degree in Epidemiology (Universit√© Laval, Canada).                      

Our Vision

IGHD envisions a society where
wellbeing is a universal right and
not a privilege, and where social
justice and equity are at the
forefront.

Our Mission

Catalysing transformational change through quality research, analysis, and policy recommendations.

Our Vision

IGHD envisions a society where
wellbeing is a universal right and
not a privilege, and where social
justice and equity are at the
forefront.

Our Mission

Catalysing transformational change through quality research, analysis, and policy recommendations.

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