Institut Català de la Salut (ICS-HUVH)

Institut Català de la Salut (ICS-HUVH)

With a staff of over 38,000 professionals, the Catalan Health Institute is the public health service largest in Catalonia and provides health care to nearly six million users across the country. It currently manages eight hospitals (Vall d’Hebron, Bellvitge Trias, Arnau de Vilanova in Lleida, Tarragona Joan XXIII, Josep Trueta in Girona, Verge de la Cinta de Tortosa Viladecans) and 287 primary care teams, three of which through a partnership with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and a quarter with another partnership with the city of Castelldefels.

 As a benchmark within the public health system, the objective of the ICS is to contribute to improving the health and quality of life of people through the provision of healthcare services and innovative excellence lenses, covering both the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases, from the most complex to the most prevalent.

 In addition to medical care, ICS developed a scientific activity through the seven research institutes integrated into hospitals and primary care. In the field of teaching, as ICS in their centres 2,300 specialists from 51 different specialties in health sciences. It also includes more than 4,500 undergraduate students in medicine, nursing, dentistry and other teachings. In addition, conducted an intense and continuous training for all professional groups.

Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, the leading hospital complex in Catalonia is one of the largest in Spain with a total of more than 1400 beds and is a leader centre in biomedical research at a national and European scope. We are working to achieve a direct translation from research to applications. Our research is focused on solving human health problems and on healthcare improvement. At the same time, we resolutely encourage the tasks of valuation and transfer of research results to the industry and biomedical companies. Innovation is the core of our activity, not only understood as processes of innovation, information technologies’ innovation or knowledge in biomedical research transfer, but innovation derived from the incorporation of new technologies and from daily healthcare practice.


Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at the Vall d’Hebron Universitary Hospital, Barcelona. Responsible for Transcultural Psychiatry Program.


Physician in The Unit of Tropical Medicine and International Vaccinations of Drassanes, Barcelona

Israel Molina

Director of the International Health Program of the Catalan Institute of Health (PROSICS) and responsible of Tropical Medicine and International Health Unit at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Bracelona, ​​Spain.

Jordi Gomez Prat

Head of the section of Community Health and Phisicyan in the Unit of Tropical Medicine and Vaccinations International of Drassanes, Barcelona; International Health Program of the Catalan Institute of Health (PROSICS).

Hakima Ouaarab

Nurse Coordinator of community health programs and Community Health Agents at the Unit for International Health Drassanes-Vall d’hebron of the Institute of Health (ICS), International Health Program of the Catalan Institute of Health (PROSICS).