“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 is a global health delivery and research organization that works in over 20 countries. Founded in Karachi in 2004 and now based in Singapore, IRD has regional offices in Dhaka, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Karachi.


The IRD team leverages process and technology innovations to address global health delivery gaps, including health market innovations based on social business models, performance-based incentives for health workers, incentives for patient to access diagnostics and enable treatment adherence, and open source information technology platforms to allow close monitoring of patient care and program quality.


We have taken the IRD model to everywhere we work – bringing the best-trained nationals back to their countries for meaningful and rewarding work.


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.