At LSHTM, we have drawn on decades of experience fighting disease outbreaks to combat COVID-19.
We need your support to continue our real-time response. With your help, we can amplify our voice, support global response efforts and help to save lives around the world.
"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
Leading the response in Africa
The world will not be free of COVID-19 until all countries are free of the coronavirus. In Africa the risks and challenges are unique. With half our staff based there, we are playing a critical role in implementing intensive preparations, performing testing, sequencing and treatment, and supporting healthcare systems.
Our mathematical modellers are working with local communities to predict the spread of COVID-19 and advising governments on interventions. We are also preparing for expected lateral effects on child vaccination programmes, HIV prevention and maternal health.
The response to Africa’s COVID-19 dilemma must be swift. We need your support to make this urgent work possible.
How you can help
With limited and interrupted supplies, teams in The Gambia and Uganda are working tirelessly to address the PPE needs of staff, researchers and healthcare workers.
In The Gambia, 3D printers are being used to produce face shields. We are leading an initiative where young women are using fabrics to make 50,000 face masks for their local community. In Uganda, we are scaling up our ability to test samples.
With your support, we can ensure that all those involved in the effort, from drivers to lab staff, have the protection they need.
Informing the world
From traditional approaches to new and innovative forms of public engagement, LSHTM is working to improve understanding of COVID-19, particularly among children and young people.
We have created online content for toddlers and schoolchildren to explain the pandemic. Our regular podcasts have highlighted a range of LSHTM research and insight. We have hosted online debates and our free online course attracted over 200,000 participants. In The Gambia, we have created an app to track rumours and misinformation to their source.
We are also building on our unique experience to monitor and map misinformation and sentiment globally, pinpointing where interventions are needed most.
How you can help
To combat COVID-19, we must rely on the actions of society to slow its spread.
With donor support, we have encouraged young people in the UK to maintain social distancing, promoted handwashing as a vital way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and are working with young people in Kenya to tell their stories of social isolation.
With your added support we can do much more to be a reassuring voice, combat rumours, and ensure clear and accurate information on the pandemic is widely available.
A new generation to respond to pandemics
We are at a unique moment in history. While world leaders attempt to navigate a global pandemic, they depend on researchers and scientists for guidance and insight.
Our alumni and students are at the forefront of combatting COVID-19. They can be found in wards and field hospitals, in NGOs, in laboratories, and in key roles advising governments around the world.
To prepare and respond to future outbreaks in an uncertain world, together we must foster a generation of young minds to follow their lead. That need is greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where local knowledge is vital to support fragile healthcare systems.
How you can help
The world urgently needs aspiring and innovative thinkers to tackle both acute and chronic global health problems. LSHTM is an exceptional training ground for those future health leaders.
You can help ensure that finance is not a barrier to those with the vision and ambition to improve health worldwide.
By donating to scholarships, you can help train epidemiologists, mathematical modellers, public health practitioners and social scientists, giving them the skills and expertise to make a real difference during outbreaks in challenging environments.
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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