There is no time to lose
LSHTM is playing a leading role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Our experts are at the forefront of efforts to map the progression of the pandemic, advise governments and global health bodies, and advance the public and scientific community's understanding of the virus.
There cannot be any complacency as to the need for global action.
Many alumni and friends have asked how they can help LSHTM and support our critical activities. We have launched a response fund to ensure this vital research continues. With your help, we can plug critical gaps in the understanding of COVID-19. This will support global response efforts and help to save lives around the world.
US donors can make tax-deductible gifts via PayPal:
Our work at the frontline
Our School is supporting the UK’s response and the NHS. Staff with medical, nursing or other clinical qualifications have been released from their LSHTM responsibilities so they can support the NHS and Public Health England in this unprecedented pandemic.
The UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST), a partnership between LSHTM and Public Health England funded by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, supports countries around the world to tackle outbreaks as well as to conduct research and build capacity to confront outbreak-prone diseases. Among others, the team has contributed to the fight against such emerging threats as Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lassa fever in Nigeria, plague in Madagascar, and diphtheria in the displaced Rohingya population in Bangladesh. The team is now playing a critical role in the battle against COVID-19 around the world.
Colleagues in our MRC Units in Uganda and The Gambia have been preparing intensively for COVID-19. Staff at MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM are supporting the government on testing and treatment at their specialist clinic, as well as working more broadly to strengthen monitoring and diagnostics across Africa.
Mapping the spread
Our epidemiologists and mathematical modellers are mapping patterns of transmission, behavioural response and control measures. This data is supporting the global response to COVID-19. With data and analysis freely shared to collaborators globally, their work is generating important estimates on transmission, asymptomatic infection and optimum control measures.
LSHTM is working around the clock to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 – our experts provide academic insight and guidance in an uncertain world. Misinformation and rumours are spreading rapidly via social media and other online platforms, and pose a serious threat to the global response to COVID-19. Through our team of behavioural scientists, we are monitoring the flow of misinformation and mapping public sentiment to help guide prevention and control of COVID-19.
LSHTM’s critical research focuses on the pandemic’s spread and human response. Our work is exploring discrimination, the potential impact in low- and middle-income countries and in humanitarian crises, and exploring the lessons we can learn from Ebola outbreaks. We are also using macro-economics to estimate the cost of dealing with a global pandemic, and taking a lead in research examining the potential for dogs to detect COVID-19 in humans.
Informing the world
Our LSHTM Viral podcast has brought our expertise to a global audience in 144 countries. Featuring a range of our world-renowned experts exploring the science behind the pandemic, episodes have covered a wide range of topics from fake news, data modelling, handwashing and how less developed health systems might cope.
Our online Q&As have given the public direct access to our world-leading experts. We have launched a free massive open online course, which will help over 130,000 participants understand the emergence of COVID-19 and how we are responding. We are also working with local schools to develop bespoke messaging, downloadable lesson plans and educational activities to support families that are home schooling, to teach children about the science behind COVID-19.
Listen to our latest podcast:
Educating on hygiene
We are proud to be using the COVID-19 Response Fund to support an innovative communications campaign, emphasising the importance of handwashing and social distancing.
We need your support to continue our real-time response to this outbreak. With your help, we can amplify our voice, advise decision-makers, and track the virus to tackle its spread. All donations received will be used to support LSHTM's response to COVID-19.
If you would like to discuss your support to LSHTM’s COVID-19 Response Fund, please contact:
Director of Development & Alumni Relations: Valerie Boulet
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7927 2630
Thank you for your support during these uncertain times.
LSHTM experts are involved in many different aspects of COVID-19 research as well as providing guidance to those responding around the globe every day.
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus
Find out more about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and its implications around the world with our latest free online course.