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Global Health Delivery Project

A joint project of Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Global Health Equity.

The world is focused as never before on averting millions of preventable deaths from diseases in developing countries. Unprecedented new funding is being invested to provide care to and discover new treatments. While potentially a lifeline for millions, this new focus has also put a glaring spotlight on our ability-or inability-to effectively utilize new and existing treatments and deliver care to those who need it.

The Global Health Delivery Project is focused on systematizing the study of global health delivery and rapidly disseminating knowledge through a range of coordinated initiatives, including research and educational programs in the design and management of health care delivery systems in resource poor settings and the development of online collaboration tools. By taking an overall strategic perspective that emphasizes value, the project aims to bridge the gap between known science and the delivery of care in the field.

Rigorous frameworks for understanding and improving health care delivery systems and a body of field-based case studies (available at no cost via form the basis for intensive coursework in global health delivery and emphasize leadership, management practices, and thoughtful decision-making in real world situations. Courses and programs target undergraduates, graduate students, and practitioners. The online collaboration site,, is a web-based platform that hosts virtual communities where health care professionals share expertise and collaborate at no cost. Public communities focus on specific diseases or issues; private forums support clinical decisions and Continuing Medical Education; and private working groups aid various organizations and projects. The site hosts Expert Panels-two-week virtual conferences open to the public that convene thought leaders around a specific, cross-community topic-and publishes peer-reviewed Discussion Briefs-two-page summaries of the most active and rich discussions. GHDonline also partners with organizations like UpToDate (a leading international electronic clinical information resource) to provide informative content to members.

For more on the Global Health Delivery project, see

Debut Presentation

Redefining Global Health Care: Narrowing the Gap Between Aspiration and Action
Joint presentation by Dr. Jim Yong Kim and Michael E. Porter
Boston, MA
September 29, 2007


Please see for full list of case studies.

Redefining Global Health-Care Delivery
Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer, Michael E. Porter
The Lancet
May 20, 2013

Strategic, Value-Based Delivery in Global Health Care: Innovations at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital
Rebecca Weintraub, Julie Talbot, Kileken ole-MoiYoi, Keri Wachter, Erin Sullivan, Amy House, Jennifer Baron, Aaron Beals, Sophie Beauvais, Joseph Rhatigan
Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine General review article
May/June 2011

From a declaration of values to the creation of value in global health: A report from Harvard University's Global Health Delivery Project
Jim Y. Kim, Joseph Rhatigan, Sachin Jain, Rebecca Weintraub, Michael Porter
Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice
December 14, 2009

Redefining Global Health Care Delivery
Michael Porter and Jim Yong Kim
Working paper

Partners In Health: HIV Care in Rwanda
Michael E. Porter, Scott Lee, Joseph Rhatigan, Jim Yong Kim
Case study
April 13, 2009

Applying the Care Delivery Value Chain: HIV/AIDS Care in Resource Poor Settings
Joseph Rhatigan, Sachin Jain, Joia S. Mukherjee, and Michael E. Porter Working paper
April 3, 2009

Delivering Global Health
Sachin Jain, Rebecca Weintraub, Joseph Rhatigan, Michael Porter, Jim Yong Kim
Student BMJ editorial
June 2008


Michael E. Porter, PhD, Co-Chair
Co-founder, Bishop Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

Paul Farmer, MD PhD
Kolokotrones University Professor, Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD
President, World Bank

Rebecca Weintraub, MD
Faculty Director, Global Health Delivery Project, Associate Physician Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor at Harvard Medical School

The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at HBS