Interactive Research and Development
IRD was founded in Karachi, Pakistan in 2004, as social enterprise committed to improving global health and development through the use of appropriate technologies. Their mission is to improve the well-being of vulnerable communities through innovation in research and health delivery. Today, with over 300 staff operating in 9 countries, IRD has become a regional resource for innovative global health research and delivery. Now based out of the UAE, IRD operates in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. New opportunities in Asia, Africa and Europe have allowed them to expand the IRD model to other settings.There are currently seven major program areas at IRD; Community Development, e-Health, Global Health Surgery, Infectious Diseases, Non Communicable Diseases, Technical Assistance and Vaccines. Each program defines key objectives and deliverables for projects and is supported by specialized units such as Program Development, Epidemiology, Information Technology, Data Management, Health Communications, Grants Administration and an Institutional Review Board.