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Concerned Colleagues

The following authors supported the conceptualisation of and sentiments expressed in a recent correspondence submission to the Lancet:


Pr Carel IJsselmuiden

Executive Director

Council on Health Research for Development





Pr Marcel Tanner

President Swiss Academy of Sciences
Professor emeritus of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology, University of Basel
Director emeritus and President R. Geigy Foundation
Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)




Dr Harry van Schooten

Executive Director


The Hague

The Netherlands


Dr Jon-Andri Lys

Previous Secretary for the KFPE




Pr Charles Mgone

Hubert Kairuki Memorial University

Dar es Salaam



Pr James V. Lavery

Hubert Department of Global Health

Rollins School of Public Health, and Center for Ethics

Emory University





Dr Mohammed AlKhaldi

Scientific collaborator and postdoctoral fellow

Council on Health Research for Development, Geneva
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland
Department of Public Health, Health systems unit, health policy and research systems
An-Najah National University, Palestine
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences


Pr Hassen Ghannem

Professor of Preventive & Community Medicine

Head of Dept of Epidemiology, University Hospital Farhat Hached,

University of Sousse, Tunisia

Currently Visiting Professor, Dept of Social & Preventive Medicine

School of Public Heath, University of Montreal, Canada


Dr Marieme Ba

Managing Director




Pr Douglas Wassenaar

South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI)

School of Applied Human Sciences

University of KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa




WHO TDR has published their first RFI Report!



The first RFI report has been published by World Health Organisations Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO TDR – This is the first RFI report to be made public, and will serve as an example and template for future RFI reports.

We hope that this will encourage many other institutions and organisations to consider the RFI, and to work towards creating a better environment for fair and equitable global research in the future!




How can fairer partnerships advance global health research?

The RFI is universally applicable

The Research Fairness Initiative has been designed to work for any institution working towards providing local and global solutions for health through research and innovation.

It is not limited in its application to health research – it may be applied to science collaborations in general. COHRED’s traditional focus is on ‘research for health’ and we start in health, but ‘research for health’ is very broad: it involves nearly any sector one can think of. Science for applied research or product development requires research team interactions and alliance creation between many different partners.

The RFI will not just benefit institutions in low-income countries, though this is one of the major reasons for its development. Properly used, the RFI will be of benefit to any partner in any research collaboration. In fact, the RFI is designed as a key management tool to improve research and innovation collaborations, to catalyse institutional competitiveness.

The reporting guidelines are purposefully neutral and flexible to adapt to all types of organisations and stakeholders.