The Equity Initiative is an exciting program to nurture and facilitate the development of a new generation of health equity leaders (500+) over a twenty-year period. The Initiative has two objectives: to cultivate and nurture the next generation of leadership through its fellowship program, and to build a collaborative community for promoting health equity in the region. This unique initiative is linked to global and regional institutions and partners, world-class expertise and knowledge, with long-term vision and committed sustained support, backed by a pooled fund from The Atlantic Philanthropies and the China Medical Board.


Health equity is beyond health; it’s not just an issue for medical professionals or the health sector alone. Equity in health is a major challenge all over the world, but especially so in economically dynamic Southeast Asia, which contains more than a quarter of the world’s people. We care about inequities in health as a moral or ethical, not technical, challenge. Like other world regions, Southeast Asian societies are confronting many health equity challenges — ensuring universal access to primary health care, developing pro-equity health financing policies, training workers who will serve the poor and disadvantaged, tackling the pressing health issues of women and children, migrant and trafficked workers, ethnic minorities, the poor and disadvantaged, and those ravaged by humanitarian crises. Social determinants like equitable jobs and education, housing, and food and diet and transnational forces are also important drivers of equity in health.


Leadership and a community of practitioners are critically important to not only bring regional attention to health equity but also to motivate, innovate, and craft solutions. The Equity Initiative’s goal is that the Fellows will become transformational leaders who can guide, direct, and influence others to bring about fundamental changes for health equity.


Our mission is to improve health equity for the people of Southeast Asia and China by building and nurturing a community of health equity leaders in the region.


CMB Foundation Bangkok
591 UBCII Tower, Unit 1204 (A), 12th Floor
Sukhumvit Road, Wattana,
Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Telephone: +662 258 0626

Resources for Health Equity (RHE)
Suite 1105, 11th floor, Viglacera Tower
No. 1 Thang Long Boulevard, Me Tri Ward,
Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Telephone: +8443 5148923

China Medical Board
2 Arrow Street, 2nd floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Telephone: +1 617 979 8000