Partnerships are key to us achieving our mission to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide. By collaborating with global partners we can bring the best people and knowledge together to achieve excellence in research, education, policy and practice.
We have longstanding and extensive partnerships, especially in low and middle-income countries, and are continually looking to build on our relationships and activities to both learn from and empower our colleagues and partners throughout the world.
National University of Singapore (NUS) and the National University Health System (NUHS)
The School’s partnership with NUS and NUHS centres around three broad research themes - infectious disease, comparative health systems, and non-communicable diseases. We have created a series of parallel lectureships, whereby faculty members are employed simultaneously by both institutions to develop research programmes and projects addressing modern day public health challenges. There are currently two staff members based at NUS under this scheme, plus a School Professor with an adjunct appointment.
The School’s partnership with Nagasaki focuses on infectious disease research and on supporting Nagasaki to strengthen its global health research and education capacity. Two staff members have joint appointments with Nagasaki and a Joint PhD programme for Global Health was launched in December 2017.
Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)
The School has a long-standing institutional partnership with PHFI. Building institutional capacity for research and training is a top priority, and the PHFI-UK consortium, which is based at the School and funded by the Wellcome Trust, is dedicated to strengthening the research and teaching skills of PHFI faculty in India. Partnering with PHFI, the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and Emory University, the School launched the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions (CCCC) in Delhi in 2015, bringing together researchers and health professionals from the clinical, public health, genetics, biochemistry and social sciences disciplines to tackle the growing health crisis of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and mental illness.
Sichuan University West China School of Public Health
The School’s partnership with Sichuan’s West China School of Public Health in Chengdu has developed with the support of China’s 1000 talent programme, the China Medical Board (CMB), DFID, and the UK Medical Research Council. Key elements of the partnership so far include the three-year secondment of a School Professor leading a research group at Chengdu, and support for Chinese Masters/PhD students and Postdocs to undertake training at the School.
Our staff collaborate extensively with Africa across a range of disciplines, themes and countries, with independent research institutions, local and UK government agencies, and large research-intensive universities. School researchers are currently involved in research projects directly involving at least 37 out of the 54 countries in Africa, including at least 36 of the 41 sub-Saharan countries located on the African mainland. Many of these partnerships are founded on a decades-long history of collaborative research and training, with significant impact on the development of African research leadership and capacity. The impressive breadth and depth of relationships across Africa provides world-leading research output, and mutually beneficial skills and experience to our staff and students, and our African partners.
The transfer of the MRC Unit The Gambia and the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit to the School in February 2018 builds on a history of long-standing and successful collaborations with two significant African partners. The transfer will enable the School to be involved with two large research hubs in West and East Africa which can also link to ongoing School research in their regions.
While there are vast numbers of collaborations involving individual researchers and groups at the School and their partners in Africa, the School has entered into more institutional-level engagements with a subset of its African partners. Presently, 17 sub-Saharan institutions belong to the School’s Capacity Strengthening Research Degree scheme (CSRDS), which allow staff members affiliated at the partner to complete PhD degrees at the School at reduced fees. The School is also a full or associate partner in seven capacity strengthening consortia supported by the Wellcome Trust’s Developing Excellence in Leadership, Training and Science (DELTAS) programme and led by or including 16 different African partners.
The School provides a Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (East African Partnership) programme, via a collaboration with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (Tanzania), Makerere University (Uganda), University of Washington and Johns Hopkins University (USA). The programme, which has been running since 2010, seeks to build capacity for postgraduate training and clinical research in Africa, including for doctors from outside the region who intend to work locally.
The School has signed important agreements with the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidade Federal da Bahia, the Universidade de Pernambuco, the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco and the Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil. There are ongoing research collaborations between groups at the School and at each partner, and possibilities of extending these relationships are being explored. The Zika epidemic created several opportunities for such collaboration with Latin America.
The School collaborates closely with a number of internationally leading research and teaching institutions within the UK, including the University College London, the University of Oxford, the Sanger Institute, the Francis Crick Institute, the University of Cambridge, and Public Health England. Many of these collaborations involve partners in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere, ensuring that the School and the UK remain at the forefront of cutting-edge research to address global challenges.
Reflecting its position as a global leader in the field of neglected tropical disease (NTD) research, the School is a founder member of the London Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research in collaboration with Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum and the Royal Veterinary College. The Centre brings together leading experts to build the evidence base around the design, implementation and evaluation of NTD control and elimination programmes.
The school is also founding member of the London International Development Centre (LIDC) which facilitates interdisciplinary research and training to tackle complex problems in international development, bringing together natural and social scientists from across the Bloomsbury Colleges.
Improving health worldwide: focus on regions
South East Asia
Find out how we are working in partnership to improve health in South East Asia.
Decades of collaborative research, teaching and development of institutions is helping to strengthen the region.
Four decades of work with our partners in the region is helping to transform horizons.
West & Central Africa
With our partners we are thinking ahead (Dwen Hwe Kan!) on how best to meet major health challenges.