Our 2023-2025 Global challenge research themes
New research into critical global health challenges will help to stimulate discussion and ideas. Given the timeframes on which outputs will begin to influence decision-making, the Change Initiative will focus on core research themes for two–to–three-year research cycles in the first instance developed around critical change pathways.
For 2023-2025 our research themes are:
Sustainability and Health | The Future of Green Healthcare
Tackling the climate crisis is an international priority. While it attracts less attention than other sectors, healthcare is a significant contributor to environmental damage, responsible for up to 5% of total global impacts. Beyond the impact the sector has on the environment, climate change itself is set to cause direct damage costs to health of up to $4bn a year by 2030.
Whilst action is being taken, we are not moving fast enough to alter the course. Sustainable healthcare policies and practices can help reduce waste, minimize pollution, and foster a healthier population, but novel approaches and cross-cutting collaboration are needed to drive change.
The Prevention Agenda | Reimagining Health Systems
It is globally acknowledged that prevention is better than cure and yet most health systems spend less than 1% of their budgets on preventative approaches. As we reflect on the lessons of COVID-19, we believe it is time to transform our approach to health and well-being.
A preventative approach can help reduce healthcare costs, improve patient outcomes, and decrease the burden on healthcare systems. Implementing reforms that shift the focus from disease management to disease avoidance, thereby enabling a healthier and more prosperous global society.