Sustainable Sciences Institute

The Sustainable Sciences Institute (SSI) believes that by building local scientific capacity and human resources, one can help control and prevent infectious diseases and improve public health infrastructure and the health status of the population. Through education, training, and support of locally relevant scientific projects, SSI seeks to leverage the resources of the developed world to enhance the capacity and encourage the ingenuity of researchers in the developing world. By building local health research capacity, developing country researchers are empowered to reduce the burden of poverty and disease in their communities.

Since its inception in 1998, SSI and its precursor-training program have conducted 65 workshops and trained more than 1700 researchers from 27 developing world countries in the Americas and Africa in various state-of the-art techniques for cost-effective diagnosis and epidemiological analysis of relevant infectious diseases, as well as in grant preparation and manuscript writing. Another 1500 scientists have attended seminars and conferences during the workshops. SSI’s scientific capacity-building program has a four-pronged approach: workshops, material aid, small grants, and networking.

The Abundance Foundation is currently supporting three of SSI’s healthcare capacity-building projects in Latin America.