Women’s Global Health Imperative

Addressing health inequities worldwide

The Women’s Global Health Imperative (WGHI) program conducts biomedical, epidemiologic, socio-behavioral, implementation, and health economics research to address health inequities and improve the health of vulnerable populations around the globe, with a special focus on women’s sexual and reproductive health.

WGHI researchers work towards improving accessibility and delivery of screening, prevention and screening of HIV and STIs for women and hard-to-reach populations. WGHI works in Southern and Eastern African countries as well as in India and the United States. Their research findings inform the design, implementation, and scale-up of programs, monitoring and evaluation systems, and health policies around the world.

A broad range of organizations fund WGHI projects; these organizations include the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Agency for International Development, International Partnership for Microbicides, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.K. Department for International Development, Unitaid, the World Bank, and others. Some of WGHI’s current projects include the following:

WGHI is affiliated with

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Learn more about the WGHI.


Ariane van der Straten

"I hope that my work will contribute towards the end of the HIV pandemic & the empowerment of women globally."

Alexandra Minnis

“The significant role of partner’s gang membership in increasing pregnancy risk highlights the importance of addressing the reproductive health needs of gang-involved youth. Focusing on pregnancy intentions, including those of male partners, remains an important area for intervention.”

Elizabeth Montgomery

"I think my work is interesting and challenging, and most importantly, I have an incredible network of smart, talented colleagues in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda – many of whom I consider to be friends."

Miriam A. Hartmann

"I most enjoy working with my passionate & excited colleagues. I enjoy opening their eyes to new issues & seeing how they take on the mission of improving gender equity in their own way."