Who are we?



VHIR is a public sector institution that promotes and develops innovative biomedical research and was created in 1994 to serve and support the research of University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (HUVH). HUVH, the leading hospital complex in Catalonia, is one of the largest in Spain with more than 1400 beds and a team of around 7,000 professionals. It is structured into three main healthcare areas (General, Mother and Child, and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation) and encompasses practically all medical and surgical specialities and the necessary forms of healthcare to cover them, including clinical services and clinical support units, university, educational centres, public health service companies, research centres, laboratories and other installations to round out its activities in healthcare. 

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.

Syn-eirmos NGO of Social Solidarity was founded in 2005 and is active in the fields of social solidarity, social economy, welfare and wellbeing of adults and children.  In particular, the organization aims to support the activities of local communities, local governments, cooperation initiatives, collective social actors and volunteers.

Working with public urban spaces as a platform, migrantas uses pictograms to provide visibility to the thoughts and feelings of people who have left their own country and now live in a new one. Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrants and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society. Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences.

Consonant is a national charity in the UK supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It was established in 1984. It supports approximately 4,000 individuals per annum through a wide range of services which include: legal advice, health access/inclusion information and advice, employment and training advice, English language courses, informal education courses, IT courses, health and well-being courses, empowerment & media/policy work.

The EIWH advocates for an equitable and gender-sensitive approach in health policy, research, treatment and care.  The EIWH aims to reduce inequalities in health, in particular due to sex/gender, age and socio-economic status.  The EIWH highlights that sex/gender is an important determinant of health and our understanding how vulnerability to, onset and progression of specific diseases vary in men and women must be improved.

The University of Greenwich is a major British University which combines various teaching traditions that are complemented with regional links, international links, lifelong learning, and excellence in both teaching and research. It has a particular tradition of teaching mature and part time students, many coming from developing countries. The Faculty of Health and Education, implement teaching, research and consultancy in all themes related to public health issues.

Asserta brings together a team of professionals with years of experience in clinical practice, health management, teaching and research, who are putting their knowledge and expertise at the service of improving processes and results in the healthcare area.

St. Anne ́s University Hospital Brno – International Clinical Research Centre (FNUSA-ICRC) is an emerging centre of excellence in the European Research Area. It is an innovative science and research centre and a top-quality public healthcare centre focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment  primarily of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. ICRC has  almost ten years of successful cooperation between St. Anne ́s University Hospital Brno and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA).

The Regional Agency for Health and Social Care of Emilia-Romagna Region (RER-ASSR) operates as a technical and regulatory support for the Regional Health Service (SSR) and the Integrated system of interventions and social services. It promotes and addresses research in health services and develops research projects to experiment methods, technologies and social and organizational innovations, and it participates in the welfare policy change aimed at implementing strategies based on community and intersectional approach.

Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. It’s main objectives are the clinical care, research and teaching. Charité extends over four campuses, and has close to 100 different Departments and Institutes, which make up a total of 17 different Charité Centers. Having marked its 300-year anniversary in 2010, Charite employs 13,100 staff (or 16,800 including its subsidiaries), and is whoIly-owned by the Federal State of Berlin. Ist main revenue is from hospital services, patient fees, the Federal State of Berlin as weIl as external funding (German, European and International).