Our Mission

Innovation For Health and Development is a charity focused on improving public health through innovation and capacity-building in resource-poor settings. Our work creates and implements novel, affordable strategies that improve the lives of those in greatest need.


Ventanilla: a poor shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru.

Ventanilla: a poor shantytown on the outskirts of Lima, Peru.

Since our inception in 2002, activity at IFHAD has been focused on tuberculosis (TB), the most frequent infectious cause of death worldwide. Two billion people are infected with TB, leading to eight million cases per year. In wealthy countries, TB is easy to diagnose and treat, but poor countries generally can only afford inadequate tests and treatments developed half a century ago. As a result, two million people each year die needlessly from this escalating global health crisis.

Our TB research is based mainly in Perú, a country disproportionately affected by TB and drug-resistant TB.    IFHAD has developed, evaluated and implemented innovative strategies to improve TB diagnosis, prevent transmission, reduce susceptibility and improve treatment outcome. Our goal is to identify approaches that can be immediately and affordably implemented in the developing world, with the potential to have an enormous impact on this public health crisis.



Founder: Carlton A Evans MBBS(Lond) BSc(Hons) FRCP(Lond) DTM&H(Lond) PhD(Camb)

MBE for services to Global Health, Order of the British Empire, New Year Honours 2021

Professor Evans created and leads the IFHAD group in Peru for 20 years. He is a physician specialising in infectious diseases, and has expertise in antimicrobial resistance, laboratory studies, biosafety, and large community based epidemiological studies.

POST: Professor of Global Health, Imperial College London, UK
Honorary Consultant Physician, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
Professor, IFHAD, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
Associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, USA
Head of Innovation for Health and Development, Asociacion Benefica PRISMA, Peru







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