Women's Global Health Imperative

The Women's Global Health Imperative (WGHI) is a focus area within RTI that provides scientific leadership to help women and girls around the world protect and improve their reproductive health. We conduct groundbreaking research on women's health issues in the United States, India, Latin America, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Our staff personnel include highly dedicated and experienced researchers with expertise in women's health, clinical trials, AIDS/HIV interventions and research, gender equity and health, and behavioral and biomedical epidemiologies.

A significant strength of our work in women's health issues is the varied expertise and resources we draw from the RTI Global Gender Center.

Focus Areas

  • Sexual health of adolescents and young women
  • Methods to reduce health risk through economic opportunity
  • Female-initiated contraceptive and HIV/AIDS prevention strategies
  • Methods to modify gender inequalities to reduce risk
  • Integration of biomedical, behavioral, and socioeconomic prevention strategies
  • Issues related to migration


  • Collaborative research to strengthen the evidence base of reproductive health programs and policies
  • Development and evaluation of public health interventions
  • Global partnerships and capacity building
  • Training and mentoring
  • Clinical trial design, implementation, and medical monitoring
  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of community-based interventions