The LSHTM Berlin Office was established in 2018 in partnership with the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin to enhance collaboration and cooperation in global health.
The LSHTM-Charité Global Health Lecture Series together leading scientists from the UK, Germany and further afield to present cutting-edge research on global health issues and discuss implications of the work for policy and practice.
Research portfolio includes research into the impacts of and response to migration and its intersection with gender in South Africa and the health equity impacts of policies passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is renowned for its research, postgraduate studies and continuing education in public and global health. The School has an international presence and collaborative ethos, and is uniquely placed to help shape health policy and translate research findings into tangible impact. It has 3,000 staff conducting research in over 100 countries, and more than 4,000 students - all working with a collective purpose to improve health worldwide.
In Europe, LSHTM works with many institutions and collaborators and remains committed to maintaining and strengthening those partnerships in future. In 2018 the School partnered with the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin to enhance collaboration and cooperation in global health. The Berlin Office of the LSHTM is based at the Charité Institute of Virology, which is part of the Charité Global Health centre.
The LSHTM Berlin office’s research portfolio includes research into the impacts of, and response to, migration and its intersection with gender in South Africa and the health equity impacts of economic policies passed in response to the COVID19 pandemic.
MiGHS is a research collaboration between researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the South African Department of Health (DoH). You can follow MiGHS on Twitter.
It has been developed to address one of the most pressing issues facing health systems globally and at a national level in South Africa – the impacts of and response to migration and its intersection with gender.
MiGHS responds specifically to needs identified through exploratory research undertaken by the investigators in South Africa. The project has been designed to directly inform policies and build capacity amongst researchers, policymakers and implementers, to make health systems more responsive to the intersection between gender and migration in South Africa and globally. It will do so by generating new knowledge and a series of innovative impact activities.
Assessing the health equity impact of policy responses to COVID-19
In April 2020, a study to assess the health equity impacts of social and economic policy responses to COVID-19 was initiated by the Robert Koch Institute in collaboration the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Funded by the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, the study focuses on eight countries – Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom – and aims to assess and monitor the health equity impacts of the different social and economic policies adopted nationally in response to COVID-19. Given the unprecedented economic bailout packages to mediate the negative effects of the current crisis alongside the measures adopted to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, there is need to better understand the uptake, implementation and differential impact of the policies adopted. The monitoring and assessment of how these policies affect health equity aims to identify the impact of the policies on vulnerable groups that risk facing greater exclusion and marginalization as a result of the crisis. Engaging in the research is an interdisciplinary team of social scientists and social epidemiologists.