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Reform for Resilience Announces New South Asian Hub

June 19, 2023

The Public Health Foundation of India will help R4R produce evidence-based policy recommendations to build healthier, more sustainable,
and more resilient societies


Reform for Resilience (R4R), the global commission for healthier growth, today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to serve as its South Asian hub. The move will bring together leading academics, researchers, and stakeholders and will greatly expand R4R’s ability to produce evidence-based policy recommendations to drive greener and more inclusive growth in societies worldwide. 


“I am delighted to welcome the Public Health Foundation of India to our network of global hubs,” said Patricia Geli, Executive Director of R4R’s Global Secretariat and the Americas Hub. “They are doing excellent work researching ways to strengthen health systems and will offer valuable perspectives and fresh ideas as we advance our mission to support a more resilient world.” 


PHFI is a not-for-profit public-private initiative, which represents a “Partnership for Public Purpose.” PHFI is a response to the limited public health institutional capacity and was established to strengthen training, research and policy through interdisciplinary health system connected education and training, program relevant research, people empowering health promotion and advocacy for Public Health in India. The setting up of PHFI was enabled by the Government of India in 2006 (registered as a Society). PHFI has established five Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) across the country. Today, it implements research projects, runs academic programs and trainings through its five IIPHs and its specialized research centers. PHFI has built strong collaborations with the government of India as well as several state governments, not-for-profit organizations, and academic institutions. Its governing board includes senior government officials, eminent Indian and international academic and scientific leaders, civil society representatives, and corporate leaders.


“Our foundation’s mission to strengthen health care systems and protect people’s lives and well-being is fully aligned with R4R’s goal to build more resilient societies,” said PHFI’s president, Professor Sanjay Zodpey. “We are pleased to partner with an organization that shares our commitment to improving the future of people everywhere.”


The new hub joins R4R’s Americas Hub, located at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts and its Asia-Pacific Hub, which is run by the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI) and co-located in Taipei and at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia


About Reform for Resilience 


R4R was founded in 2020, as the world was just beginning to understand the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though R4R grew out of the pandemic’s impact on daily lives, it had broader goals from the start: Our mission is to support the development of a greener, healthier, and more economically resilient world in the face of the rising dangers of climate change and future pandemics. We bring together political and business leadership from fields including health, environment, economics, and finance, and emphasize the need for international cooperation and multisectoral coalitions.

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