HeLTI was developed to address the increasing burden of non-communicable diseases, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and poor mental health around the world.

There are four separate but harmonized projects in Soweto (South Africa), Mysore (India), Shanghai (China), and two provinces in Canada (Alberta and Ontario). All projects are focused on developing evidence-based interventions that span from pre-conception across pregnancy and into the postnatal period with a goal of improving maternal, infant and child health.
Goals of the HeLTI Consortium:

Generate evidence that will inform international policy and decision-making for the improvement of health and the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Linked International Intervention Cohorts
Through a unique research collaboration between Canada, China, India, South Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO), HeLTI is supporting the development of Linked International Intervention Cohorts. Playing a key leadership role, Canada (through CIHR) will be a full partner in every cohort developed, with Canadian researchers engaged in all aspects of the study.

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