The Global Health Research Center of Central Asia (GHRCCA) is a regional
interdisciplinary research center on global health, dedicated to strengthening Central
Asia’s ability to support rigorous research of HIV and co-occurring epidemics. The center was established in 2007 under the Social Intervention Group Leadership.
The GHRCCA focuses on emerging global health problems such as HIV, HCV, TB, and other infectious diseases in Central Asia. GHRCCA’s main Central Asian office is in Almaty, Kazakhstan with satellite research offices in other CentralAsian Republics. GHRCCA aims to develop and advance evidence-based, sustainable solutions to emerging public health and social issues such as the HIV epidemic and widespread drug use affecting communities in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region.
The Center uses rigorous social science and biomedical research, advances educational opportunities, and helps implement innovative public health policy solutions. This multidisciplinary center creates crosscutting partnerships with governments, universities, business, and nongovernmental organizations in Kazakhstan, the region and worldwide to achieve its mission.
The Center has built a strong infrastructure (well-trained researchers and superb media and technology systems) to allow for effective communication and shared data between the research teams in Central Asia and NYC. The GHRCCA office in Almaty includes a Director, Deputy Director, a Computer Lab Manager, and a part-time technician who provides technical assistance with other audio-visual technology and data management.In addition to staff, the Almaty office has a Community Collaborative Board and a number of faculty affiliates from Columbia University and universities in Kazakhstan, several pre- and post-doctorate students, and local and International NGO collaborators.