Published: 07/03/2019

We connect Stanford clinicians to the world, working with local partners to expand clinical and research capacity, enabling them to solve their health problems, and enriching our research and practice. The Center emphasizes one emerging challenge at a time, currently the challenge of refugees and civilians in conflict. The Stanford Refugee Research Program, Himalayan Cataract Project, and other programs are designed to reverse blindness, bring cancer care to impoverished women, eliminate polio, prevent parasitic diseases, end gender-based violence, and otherwise improve lives in low-resourced settings.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

We collaborate with researchers from all seven schools within Stanford University, and we partner with organizations around the world to improve health in Africa, Asia, North, South, and Central America.


We provide seed grants to stimulate early stage research and support scientists as they pursue knowledge of vector-borne diseases; the effects of water, sanitation and hygiene; and the impacts of climate change on human health.


Our faculty work to build the capacity of hospitals and clinicians in other countries to improve the health and wellbeing of children, adults, and the elderly. We send physicians overseas to teach and provide clinical care in low- and middle-resourced countries.