Equitable leadership in global health partnerships
Decolonising Global Health Workshop led by LSHTM TB Centre
Recent calls to decolonise global health (DGH) have highlighted the continued existence of colonial structures in research into diseases of public health importance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Using tuberculosis (TB) as a model: despite its recognition as a leading cause of death globally and a disease of poverty, most of the TB research in high burden countries have been led by researchers from high-income countries. In our capacity as a world-leading centre for TB research with collaborations and partners across more than 30 countries, the LSHTM TB Centre must work to address this issue both internally and externally.
A key step towards restructuring the system and shaping it to local needs is the necessity for “equitable leadership in global health partnerships.” This requires ensuring that researchers in LMICs have equal opportunity to successfully secure grant funding to lead and drive their own research based on locally-defined priorities. Despite initiatives from various funders, this continues to represent a major challenge.
In this planned workshop, we will bring together researchers from LMICs, with a focus on early- and mid-career researchers, and leading European and UK funders to increase dialogue between these key stakeholders.