Building a Consortium to address Climate Change, Health, and Complex Challenges (CHOICE)

About the Project

Progress towards the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals (HHSDGs) has been inconsistent, and many countries are far from meeting them. Advancements have been hampered by mounting risks associated with population growth, urbanization, the COVID-19 pandemic, mental healt​h, gender gaps, social and economic ​inequality, and climate change. CHOICE will have a keen focus on the potential of climate cha​nge to jeopardize HHSDGs, such as disrupting food systems, worsening nutrition, and causing health concerns.

CHOICE aims to inform health and well-being by addressing these interconnected risks and understanding the role of inequalities in limiting progress. It will do so by harnessing the expertise of multisectoral think tanks and regional consortia to develop cross-cutting solutions. The project will activate and mobilize regional and in-country think tanks to facilitate achieving the HHSDGs, conduct in-depth country case studies exploring solutions, illustrate intersectoral challenges, and create a framework to track progress and advocate for the HHSDGs with government and civil society stakeholders.


Research Partners

CHOICE will be jointly implemented by the Institute for Global Health and Development at the Aga Khan University (IGHD) and the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Canada. Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Distinguished University Professor, and Founding Director, IGHD, and Dr. Jai K Das, Assistant Director, IGHD, are leading the project.

Country Partners

The CHOICE research is currently being conducted in several countries from South-Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. These include:

South​-Central Asia

  • Pakistan Flag Pakistan
  • Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
  • Kyrgyzstan Flag Kyrgyzstan

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ghana Flag Ghana
  • Tanzania Flag Tanzania
  • Kenya Flag Kenya

Supported By/Associated Grant

The project is supported by the generous donation of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), AKU-MC, AKU's Brain and Mind Institute, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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