ISIM, The International Health Unit, is one of thirteen departments at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Copenhagen. The International Health Unit (ISIM) has approximately 40 employees including researcher and administrative staff focusing on global health issues, regional and local differences in health conditions as well as international health programmes and their effects. Among the most important themes are health systems and society, health in low and middle-income societies, disaster management and prevention, vector-borne diseases and environmental health. Intervention studies, longitudinal studies, and international comparative studies are performed in a cross-disciplinary environment involving natural and social scientists as well as medical and health care researchers within the unit and across a wide European and international network. The Unit contributes to or is responsible for a number of research projects focusing upon water supply and sanitation technologies and planning, including sanitation promotion and waste water management. This includes three currently on-going projects in Ghana, one in Mali and one in Vietnam. The largest project in Ghana, Sustainable Latrine Services for the Urban Poor, is supported by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Ghana and in Tanzania the Unit is responsible for the implementation of a number of planning support efforts and training courses focusing upon water supply and sanitation.

More information on ISIM is available at the institute website, http://www.inthealth.ku.dk/.