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The mission of SSI is to support scientific and public health communities in resource-poor settings to develop sustainable local research and public health systems.

Global health relies on biomedical scientists and public health workers who can recognize and resolve health problems at the local level. In limited resource settings, these professionals face tremendous challenges including lack of technical training, research tools, financial resources, and up to date scientific information.

SSI works with local partners to better meet the public health needs of their own communities by:

1. Informing and promoting action-led research (research in response to locally identified problems)
2. Identifying and adapting innovative technologies to local conditions
3. Developing a global network of colleagues and mentors
4. Training and supporting professional development including scientific grant writing and manuscript writing