The world’s top priority for 2021 is bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. As we focus on the immediate response to COVID-19, we must incorporate the lessons from this pandemic and act to help ensure global health security. LSHTM is uniquely placed to research, inform and advocate on a global scale to mitigate the impact of future pandemics, and our LSHTM community of alumni, staff and students play a key role in this important work.
"The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global health challenge facing our societies and economies for more than 100 years. At this critical moment in our history, we must stick together. Solidarity is crucial to defeating this virus. This pandemic is not over anywhere until it is over everywhere."
Professor Baron Peter Piot
Thank you for your desire to join us in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Our people and capacities are stretched to the limit, here are some of the projects we focus on.
Shaping pandemic response
Our new Centre for Pandemic Preparedness and Response is driving transformative global epidemic responses, influencing national and international practices and leading high-impact research.
LSHTM’s team of global experts includes the largest group of epidemiologists in Europe, who examine the incidence, distribution and control of infectious diseases. Our behavioural scientists inform how we, and other institutions, work with local communities. We have experts delivering health initiatives in humanitarian crisis settings, and laboratory researchers who study diseases on a biological level, including their diagnosis and transmission.
We work closely with long-standing international partners, with key projects led by the LSHTM-MRC Units in The Gambia and Uganda.
New COVID-19 mutations are threatening the world. Our teams in London and Africa are running genome sequencing to identify new variants of COVID-19 as they emerge.
It is vital to build public trust and confidence in COVID-19 vaccinations.
Our Vaccine Confidence Group has over a decade of experience investigating vaccine communications and confidence. Mapping sentiments and emotions towards disease risk as well as willingness to comply with health interventions will be crucial to anticipate the support needed for post-pandemic recovery.
The Group are now using an EU wide survey and ongoing social media analysis, in multiple languages, to produce a real-time understanding of both the current and evolving sentiments around COVID-19, helping to inform much needed policies and programmes. We will use the findings to test COVID-19 vaccine messaging for communication strategies tailored to specific settings and language groups across Europe.
Over the past year, our alumni and friends have given so generously, by either donating their time or by donating to the LSHTM COVID-19 response. As many countries around the globe continue to bear the scars of this pandemic, your help and support is needed more than ever – please consider making a gift today.
Educating and empowering the next generation of global health leaders
Future success in controlling epidemics is dependent on having qualified healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to make a difference. We want to enable opportunities and career pathways for the most talented students, irrespective of where they come from. A diverse student body is what makes our School community so unique and access to postgraduate education from MSc and research degrees to post-doctoral fellowships should be available to all, regardless of finances. Right now, an increasing number of University of students are facing substantial worries trying to make ends meet.
To deliver on our mission of improving health worldwide, we understand the importance of scholarships for promising students from the UK and global health’s traditionally under-represented communities. The best students from all backgrounds must be able to access our qualifications.
Studying during a pandemic is challenging and we are proud of how in a short space of time, our staff worked hard to make all of our degrees accessible remotely. This keeps our students and staff safe and will also ensure our courses are more affordable and accessible in the long-term.
We are also continuing to work with our students, staff, and alumni, to update and continually improve our education programme, decolonising our syllabus and improving all our students’ experience.
Whether people studied in London or by distance learning, we want them to feel like a valued member of our community and access the highest quality education.
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.
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