Research Partners
Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is synonymous with excellence in higher education. Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling University town, nestled on a plateau in Karnataka’s Udupi district. It also has nearly 2500 faculty and almost 10000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus.

The University has off-campuses in Mangalore and Bangalore, and off-shore campuses in Dubai(UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangalore campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bangalore Campus offers programs in Regenerative Medicine. The Dubai campus offers programs in engineering, management and architecture, and the Melaka campus offers programs in medicine and dentistry. Every institute has world class facilities and pedagogy, which are constantly reviewed and upgraded to reflect the latest trends and developments in higher education.


Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY)

HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth) is a Delhi-based voluntary organisation created in June 1992 as a response to India’s health transition, with altered living habits leading to rising burdens of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Health professionals at HRIDAY are engaged in awareness raising, advocacy and research aimed towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, particularly focusing on youth.

HRIDAY works in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, World Health Organization (WHO), and non-governmental organisations of national and international repute. HRIDAY was awarded the WHO Director General’s Award for contributions to tobacco control in 2002. The programme has been listed as a ‘Best Practice Model’ and recommended for global replication by WHO.

ARK Foundation - Bangladesh

ARK Foundation seeks to be a leading research and advocacy centre pursuing sustainable solutions for the inclusive development of Bangladesh. Its mission is to create impact on people’s lives through operations research, evidence-based solutions, training, advocacy and communication in the fields of health, nutrition, population, education, gender, environment and human resources development.

Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) - Uganda

CTCA was established in July 2011 by WHO, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The Centre is mandated to provide technical and institutional support to governments in Africa in the areas of policy formulation, legislation and enforcement of tobacco control, as well as building and sustaining institutional capacity for tobacco control. This is done through offering technical, institutional and cross sector support for tobacco control at national and regional levels. Its vision is to be a sustainable, leading centre of excellence in empowering and facilitating tobacco control to achieve a tobacco-free Africa and has a mission to pool evidence, build partnerships, mobilise resources, build capacity, and create tools to advance tobacco control in Africa. The ultimate aim is to reduce the consumption of tobacco by supporting governments in implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies in Africa.

CTCA’s ultimate aim is to reduce the consumption of tobacco by supporting governments in implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies in Africa. It seeks to enhance the capacity of governments in Africa to implement evidence-based tobacco control interventions as per the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) - Ghana

The University’s mandate is to provide higher education, undertake research, disseminate knowledge and foster relationships with the outside persons and bodies. The strategic mandate of the University is derived from Science and Technology in its name. Its vision is to be globally recognised as the Premier Centre of excellence in Africa for teaching in Science and Technology for development; producing high calibre graduates with knowledge and expertise to support the industrial and socio-economic development of Ghana and Africa. In summary, the vision can be stated as "Advancing knowledge in Science and Technology for sustainable development in Africa". KNUST’s missions is to provide an environment for teaching, research and entrepreneurship training in Science and Technology for the industrial and socio-economic development of Ghana, Africa and other nations. KNUST also offers service to community, is open to all the people of Ghana and positioned to attract scholars, industrialists and entrepreneurs from Africa and other international community.

Economics of Tobacco Control Project - South Africa

The Economics of Tobacco Control Project (ETCP) was founded in 2011 as a project in the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (Saldru). The project started out small, but has grown rapidly in the past seven years. The Principal Investigator of the Project is Corné van Walbeek. The Project currently (Jan. 2019) employs eight researchers, three administrative staff, and five postdoctoral fellows.

The focus of the ETCP is on the economics of tobacco control. Our research focus is primarily on tobacco taxation and pricing, and illicit trade in tobacco products. Our tagline is “supporting public health through rigorous and objective research”. Our website can be found at Our objectives are diametrically opposed to the commercial interests of the tobacco industry, but we are not a lobby group.

Addis Ababa University (AAU) - Ethiopia

Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading centre in teaching-learning, research and community services. In its 14 campuses, the University runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs (72 PhD and 221 Masters), and various specialisations in Health Sciences.

In recent years, the University has been undertaking various reform schemes in order to cope with and respond to the fast-changing national and international educational dynamics. At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals.