Our Background

The Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI) is the multi-disciplinary global health research, education, and valorization network of Erasmus University and Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam.

Addressing the gross inequalities in health between countries, and between social strata within countries, requires a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of parasitology and virology, health care sciences, public health and epidemiology, economics, and social and political sciences. The institutes that constitute the RGHI bridge disciplinary boundaries to analyze global health problems from the level of the virus to the health center, from health service logistics to governance, and from social stratification to population health outcomes.

The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is leading in national and international research in the fields of health economics, health care governance, social medical sciences, health care management, health law and health insurance. The research at ESHPM is multi-disciplinary and focuses on three areas. First, the management and organization of health care delivery. Second, competition and regulation in the health care sector. Third, quality and efficiency in health care. The research performed by the institute is frequently used by policy makers in different countries around the world. The International Institute of Social Studies is an international graduate school of policy-oriented critical social science. It brings together students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.

The Institute of Housing and Urban Development is engaged in all the major issues of the fast global urban development, such as housing, slum development, water, sanitation, governance, many of which also pertain to health. Erasmus Centre for Strategic Philanthropy,  Erasmus School of Economics and Rotterdam School of Management are endowed with leading centers engaged in developing new models of entrepreneurship and education which are also being explored for the global health valorisation agenda.

Erasmus University hosts one of the most highly acclaimed medical centers in Europe, Erasmus MC. Its Department of Public Health is one of the world’s leading centers on health inequalities research. The same department, together with the departments of Virology and Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and the Spread Academic Global Health Platform are world leaders in infectious disease research – spanning from laboratory research to mathematical modeling.

The RGHI builds bridges, across disciplines, and from research to practice. By working with partners worldwide and locally, we strengthen evidence-based policy making and practice while broadening the evidence base by learning from practitioners and policy makers. RGHI partners with the City of Rotterdam and the Municipal Health Council of Rotterdam (GGD), with four international NGOs (Cordaid, KNCV TB Foundation, HealthNet TPO and AMREF) and with five innovative learning companies in the Rotterdam region, with which RGHI has established the Rotterdam Alliance for Serious Games and Creative Learning (RAS).

Our Mission and Vision

With our research, education, and valorization efforts, we seek to help diminish health inequalities between and within countries, improve people’s living conditions, and contribute to more effective and equitable healthcare of good quality worldwide.

We consider health a major asset for human beings and the availability of good healthcare a human right. Improving health globally requires a strong political and economic analysis of the causes of ill health and health inequalities, sensitivity to local historical and cultural specifics, and an outlook beyond mere health care institutions into living conditions, environment, water, food, housing, sanitation, labour, fair politics and good governance.

Global health is by necessity a multidisciplinary affair. We draw on our unique combination of expertise in health economics and financing, governance, public health, epidemiology, health systems improvement, health service delivery and logistics, participatory learning, quality assurance and community engagement. We aim at redefining the institutional landscape necessary for international development. We are methodological and institutional innovators: in disease modeling, and systematic monitoring, evaluation, and impact studies, which we see as vital for future improvements.

RGHI AdministratorOur Background