The Global Grants Program launched in March 2019 to support low- and middle-income countries that are not part of the current Data for Health portfolio. The program provides funds to government and local experts, through a competitive process, to implement discrete projects which work to improve systems that collect, analyze and use data for public health decision-making.
The program is designed to follow the lead of the countries where we work, expand on lessons learned from previous data intelligence work, and promote regional collaboration among countries addressing similar issues, including the sharing of best practices and technical expertise.
Recognizing that our in-country partners are not only health experts but are also intimately familiar with the needs of their local health systems and communities, they are the driving force behind all Global Grants activities. Funding locally led and managed projects results in sensible and tangible deliverables that fit community needs.
Why It Matters
- The Global Grants Program has so far committed $2.7 million across 34 projects in 16 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to strengthen public health systems and support the use of data in policymaking and planning.
- CDC Foundation
- Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- University of Melbourne
- World Health Organization
- The Global Health Advocacy Incubator
About the Data for Health Programs
Several public health programs within the Vital Strategies portfolio are related specifically to data improvement and public health intelligence. The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Program assists governments in strengthening their systems for counting every birth and death and for monitoring the causes of death; the Data Impact Program supports governments to maximize the use of data to enhance public health policymaking and decision-making; and the Cancer Registry Program provides assistance to governments in establishing and strengthening population-based cancer registries.
All programs have worked in collaboration to produce guidance and technical assistance on COVID-19 for government partners, enabling them to measure the scale of the crisis within their borders and execute a data-driven response.