Partners

African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Kenya

APHRC is committed to generating an Africa-led and Africa-owned body of evidence to inform decision-making for an effective and sustainable response to the critical challenges facing the continent. Its mandate is to create and support the use of evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans through research that emphasises health and wellbeing; research capacity strengthening to improve the skills of African scholars; and policy engagement and communications to increase uptake of evidence in policy- and decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa.

College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone

COMAHS is Sierra Leone’s only medical and pharmacy school and the main institution for basic and specialist nurse training. Its aim is to help partners find practical solutions to the challenges they face in order to strengthen the training capacity at COMAHS and Connaught Hospital, and improve human resources for health in Sierra Leone. The college plays a critical role in building a skilled health workforce but faces many challenges in terms of human and physical resources. 

George Institute for Global Health, India  

The George Institute for Global Health generates quality evidence and improves the health of millions of Indians by reducing premature deaths and disability from non-communicable diseases, mental health problems, and injuries. Its research uses innovative approaches to create system-wide change for marginalised people, develop affordable and scalable solutions, and empower people to improve their own health. The institute conducts research and advocacy on the health of women and girls, adolescents and healthy eating.

Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK

IDS is a global research and learning organisation for equitable and sustainable change. The institute believes that cutting-edge research, knowledge and mutual learning are crucial to shape the transformations needed to reduce inequalities, accelerate sustainability and build more inclusive, secure societies. IDS aims to strengthen the skills and capabilities of those already working within the development sector, as well as nurture a new generation of development thought, policy and practice leaders.

Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, UK

The mission of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing is to prevent disease, improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities: locally, nationally and globally.‌ The institute builds on existing strengths within the University of Glasgow and its partner organisations, bringing together experts from a range of disciplines. Its three research themes are determinants of health and health inequalities, data science and solution-focused research.

James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh

The James P Grant School of Public Health aims to transform the current system of health delivery through its commitment to quality education and research. As the public health wing of BRAC University, its focus is to provide access to education, research, training and advocacy through integration and innovation. The school uses a multidisciplinary approach to train the next generation of global and national health leaders.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), UK

LSTM was the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine. Its vision is to save lives in resource-poor countries through research, education and capacity strengthening. The school works globally to fulfill its mission of reducing the burden of sickness and mortality in disease endemic countries through the delivery of effective interventions that improve human health and are relevant to the poorest communities.

Liverpool VCT Health (LVCT Health), Kenya

A Kenyan non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation, LVCT Health aims to reduce new HIV infections and expand equitable access to quality health services through innovative, integrated, comprehensive services and programmes that can be delivered at scale. Its work is anchored in a research-policy-practice framework through which evidence-informed programmes are implemented. LVCT pilots innovative solutions to the HIV challenges identified in national and community priorities and supports scale-up.

Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (SLURC), Njala University, Sierra Leone

SLURC aims to generate capacity building as well as research initiatives in cities across Sierra Leone focused on the wellbeing of people living in informal settlements. To achieve this, SLURC strengthens the research capacity of urban stakeholders in Sierra Leone; improves the quality and quantity of knowledge on informal settlements in Sierra Leone; makes urban knowledge available and accessible to those who need it, prioritising residents of informal settlements; and conducts research in order to influence urban policy and practice.

Slum/Shack Dwellers International (SDI), India

SDI is a network of community-based organisations of urban poor people in 32 countries and hundreds of cities and towns across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Programmes are geared towards catalysing change processes at all levels, from informal community-based institutions to formal institutions of the state and the market. The main focus of SDI’s work is the local level: the informal settlements where urban poor populations of the developing world struggle to build more inclusive cities, economies and politics.

The University of York, UK

Within the Department of Health Sciences, research investigates the social patterning of health, by socioeconomic position, ethnicity and gender as well as age. They focus on the social and healthcare factors which play a role in inequalities in health and draw out the implications for improving policy and practice. They have considerable expertise and a long track-record of working with research partners in low- and middle-income countries to deliver high quality public health research. The Centre for Health Economics, has a rich international research portfolio spanning health policy evaluation, health systems research and priority-setting in global health through rigorous methodological approaches. York’s three current NIHR Global Health Research Groups, focusing on mental and physical comorbidity; tobacco control and health econometrics; and economics evidence informed policy will provide synergistic benefits to partners within this development grant and opportunities for further research to improve the health of poor urban communities.