HeLTI was developed to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and poor mental health around the world.
There are four separate but harmonized projects in Soweto (South Africa), Mysore (India), Shanghai (China), and 2 provinces in Canada (AB and ON). All projects are focused on developing evidence-based interventions that span from pre-conception across pregnancy and into the postnatal period with a goal of improving maternal, infant and child health.
Goals of the HeLTI Initiative:
Generate evidence that will inform international policy and decision-making for the improvement of health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Linked International Intervention Cohorts
Through a unique research collaboration between Canada, China, India, South Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO), HeLTI is supporting the development of Linked International Intervention Cohorts. Playing a key leadership role, Canada (through CIHR) will be a full partner in every cohort developed, with Canadian researchers engaged in all aspects of the study.