Our Work

Matahari is a global health research and policy group
working on integrating Global South expertise in global health initiatives.

Our Work

Global health analyses

Building a comprehensive understanding of socio-economic and human rights factors to disease outbreaks, drawing upon and partnering with communities most affected by diseases.

Promoting equal partnership of civil society

Supporting civil society groups track advocacy, reach decision-makers and international press, and create impacts for their societies.

Qualitative and quantitative research

Partnering with academic institutions and civil society organizations in the Global South on impactful and descriptive research on underserved populations.

Technical support

Connecting governments with experts, bring LMIC government input into policy discussions on the global stage, and supporting these governments and international civil society with research and technical documents to convince domestic, regional, and global stakeholders of policy goals.

Examples of our work

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Documenting the COVID-19 response in Brazil

We conducted mixed-methods research to document the early stages of the COVID-19 response in Brazil, interviewing the head of the COVID-19 response, indigenous rights organisations, humanitarian associations, hospital managers supporting the response, an epidemiologist, an infectious diseases specialist, and a person who survived COVID-19. This research highlighted the effects of uncoordinated leadership on pandemic response, but also more systemic politico- economic issues affecting access to health.

Maintaining the momentum on HIV and TB during the COVID-19 pandemic in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Balkans

We supported the Alliance for Public Health to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on resources and services previously designated for HIV and TB in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, and produced reports in English and Russian for dissemination regionally and to think-tanks, UN agencies, government and academics. Our work supported advocacy on broadening the social safety net for vulnerable groups, and supported government initiatives to update domestic TB and HIV policies.

Mitigating harm from conversion practices faced by transgender people in Malaysia

We worked with local community groups to gather data from transgender people and key informants on conversion practices in Malaysia and the effect on trans people and the community at large. Triangulating this with secondary data from studies and government documents, we found that trans people in Malaysia face significant harms due to conversion practices, whether by parents, schools, religious institutions, and the State.