“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

― Richard Buckminster Fuller

IRD’s mission is to improve the well-being of vulnerable communities through innovation in research and health delivery. From humble beginnings in Karachi, Pakistan as a health research organization, IRD is now headquartered in Dubai, operates in 15 different countries and touches the lives of over 70 million people.


The IRD team leverages process, research and technology innovations to address global health delivery gaps at all points of the human life cycle – from before a child is born to the care of the elderly. Our teams work for meaningful change by link private and public health providers to ensure impact in hard to reach communities and build long lasting relationships with key stakeholders .


Our managers and associates have world-class training and access their local and global networks to further improve and develop solutions for health and development.


What sets our work apart? The energy and inspriation that drives our teams to redefine healthcare for the underserved.

History of IRD


2004 IRD is founded in Karachi, Pakistan by Aamir Khan to create a space that enables innovations in health research.


2005 IRD partners with John Hopkins School of Public Health to implement measles surveillance program.


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    • IRD partners with Indus Hospital to launch the Indus Hospital Research Center.
  • Establishes global health delivery programs for maternal and child health and TB/HIV.


  • IRD establishes in house informatics program  to support health research  and delivery in Pakistan.


Announcement Image IRD implements childhood pneumonia surveillance project with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.


2009 IRD wins Near Field Communications Competition in Monaco for our Interactive Alerts Pneumonia program.


  • IRD moves headquarters Dubai, UAE.
  • Partners with Pakistan’s National TB program to facilitate implementation of MDR-TB scale-up through the USD 173 million Global Fund Round 9 Grant.


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  • IRD awarded UN Secretary General’s Innovation Working Group grant to scale up mobile phone based incentive programs for improving childhood vaccine coverage and immunization.
  • IRD collaborates with Tajikistan National TB Program to improve case notification through innovation community based programs and health research.
  • IRD supports  the Indus TB control program to double TB case notification.


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  • IRD expands innovative health technology solutions to partner programs in Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.


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  • IRD’s spins off health technology enterprise– Interactive Health Solutions (IHS) as a for profit enterprise.
  • IRD spins off social entrepreneurship enterprise – Community Health Solutions (CHS).
  • IRD expands to Indonesia and Bangladesh bringing community based TB programs that target private sector through local partners.


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  • IRD opens regional offices in Johannesburg and field offices in Durban and Port Shepstone, South Africa.
  • IRD becomes a principal implementation partner to Aurum Institute, South Africa.
  • Partners in the THRIVE consortium to develop implement openSRP platform to improve maternal and child health programs via m-health innovations.


  • IRD becomes the principal implementation partner to the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery- Dubai for grants within the UAE and the region.
  • Partners in the endTB consortium to introduce new TB drugs for MDR TB in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia for the first time.
  • Partners in the ChallengeTB initiative to enhance focus on improving patient-centered quality TB services, building local capacity and the utilization of innovations and new technologies to move forward in the global fight against TB.