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The burden of infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV-AIDS and tuberculosis falls most heavily on the countries of the developing world, with around 6 million deaths per year. The so-called 'diseases of affluence', such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, are also increasing in prevalence as these countries advance economically.

Through the units of the Oxford Tropical Network, Oxford researchers are able to work with more patients with tropical diseases than any other university, and their work has transformed the treatment of infections such as malaria. The scope of Oxford's partnerships in global health also encompasses clinical trials, epidemiology, vaccine development, maternal and child health, the computer analysis of biological data, and the political, economic and social aspects of health in resource-poor countries.

Oxford researchers engage with the challenges of global health across a diverse range of geographical, social and political environments. The impact of this work depends critically on a network of long-standing collaborations with hospitals and universities overseas, supported by major funders such as the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Li Ka Shing Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Oxford's overseas partnerships are saving lives every day.

Video and Global Health summary produced by The University of Oxford Public Affairs Directorate in November 2012.

International activities

The Nuffield Department of Medicine's Tropical Medicine and Global Health units make up a large majority of the University of Oxford's global health programmes. Tropical Medicine is a collection of research groups within the Nuffield Department of Medicine, which are permanently based in Africa and Asia. NDM's tropical medicine and global health research ranges from clinical studies to epidemiology and behavioural sciences.

The majority of this research is conducted in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programmes in Kenya, Thailand and Vietnam. Tropical Medicine also brings together a number of sister groups in Laos, Tanzania, Indonesia and Nepal, with collaborators around the world.

Global health

To gain an understanding of the range of global health projects which NDM supports across the globe, explore Oxford's international partnerships map, or visit Oxford's international page to find out more about the work NDM researchers are doing to combat malaria, HIV and other infectious diseases. In addition to tropical medicine, NDM researchers are also studying the impact of cancer, diabetes and other non-infectious diseases, which are rapidly spreading in the developing world. To find out more about research programmes exploring public health and society in the developing world, visit the University's international pages.

In addition to the Department's Tropical Medicine and Global Health programmes, NDM has also been carrying out ground-breaking international research in China for nearly thirty years. NDM is now working on new and established projects throughout China, with several collaborative partners.