For over 40 years, Novartis Foundation initiatives have helped improve the health of low-income populations.

We endeavor to drive significant and tangible population health impact by becoming a trusted foundation for patients, organizations and governments by influencing health and care policy, building partnerships to improve population health and accelerating health and care innovation where needed most.” - The Novartis Foundation vision

Our journey has taken us from implementing health, education and agriculture projects in rural remote Africa, to pioneering digital health and innovative strategies for disease elimination, and driving multisector partnerships to rethink cardiovascular health and care in urban settings. The power of data, digital and AI has underpinned all of our recent work. 

Today, we focus on advancing digital and data-led approaches to population health – transforming health systems from being reactive to proactive, predictive and preventative.  

Our work starts with defining the world’s most pressing health challenges. We help our partners develop innovative solutions that tap the newest technologies. We convene the multi-sector stakeholders necessary to deliver impactful population health interventions. By drawing together partners from both inside and outside the traditional health sector, we create powerful collaborations that move the needle to improve population health. We work with governments and other stakeholders to co-create locally owned, data-driven initiatives that address the health needs of underserved populations. We work with policymakers and other stakeholders to integrate data into decision-making – including evidence from our own successful initiatives. Our approach challenges assumptions and improves how health systems predict, manage and address unmet health needs. 

In all our initiatives, we deliver robust evidence that informs effective policy making and health and care delivery, and share learnings, insights and models to advance the world’s understanding of population health, and enable replication of best practices.

A group of children form a large circle while playing outside and learning about heart health

Transforming population health

The Novartis Foundation focuses on influencing population health policy and actions. Our work is enabled by the power of data, digital and AI.

Patient with hypertension in hospital in Ghana

Past programs

For the past decade, the Novartis Foundation focused on urban cardiovascular health, leprosy and malaria elimination, and digital health.