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Research

Our global health research is based on setting agenda and delivering meaningful partnerships. Some examples of our current global health research programmes in partnership countries are below:

 

ASSET: HeAlth Systems StrEngThening in Sub-Saharan Africa

We are currently working on a project aimed to develop a feasible and acceptable primary care-led integrated palliative care intervention for patients and families living with COPD in Cape Town, South Africa. This work will eventually lead into conducting a clustered randomised controlled trial among COPD patients. It is part of a large ASSET project funded by NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa (2017-2021).

Postdoc: Dr Kennedy Nkhoma (link to profile)

https://www.healthasset.org (link)

Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA): embedding
multi-sectoral research capability and partnerships across
Middle and Near East (MENA)

Our research focuses on palliative needs, experiences, and outcomes of those with advanced cancer including refugees across MENA region. We aim to generate robust evidence to address local needs and challenges, drive service improvement in palliative care, and build research capacity in Jordan, Turkey, Palestine, and Lebanon. It is part of a large R4HC-MENA project funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund) (2017-2021).

Postdoc: Dr Ping Guo (link to profile)

https://r4hc-mena.org (link)

BUILDcare Africa

We currently have four projects in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at building capacity among local researchers who are mentored by researchers at CSI:

  • Longitudinal study of palliative care symptoms and concerns among Nigerian cohorts with kidney diseases. (Andrew Olagunju and Babatunde Fadipe)
  •  Nurse-led integrated palliative care for MDR TB patients taking ant MDR TB therapy in Uganda: a randomised controlled trial. (Nasur Buyinza)
  •  Developing evidence-based palliative care guidelines in burns management. (Jonathan Bayuo)
  •  Improving bereavement outcomes in Zimbabwe: a feasibility cluster trial of the 9-cell bereavement tool. (Barbara Mutedzi)

 

MAPS: Modelling An appropriate Pain
Self-management intervention for adolescents with
HIV/AIDS in Malawi

MAPS: Modelling An appropriate Pain Self-management intervention for adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Malawi This project is aimed at developing a pain relief intervention for young people with HIV in Malawi. It is funded by the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care Research Challenge Fund.

Project lead: Dr Kennedy Nkhoma (link to profile)

Global burden of palliative care: understanding current and
future needs

This novel study will provide the first data on future global palliative care need and identify regions where needs are rising most quickly. The data will inform global palliative care policy, be a powerful tool for advocacy, and drive future global palliative care research at KCL. It is funded by the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care Research Challenge Fund.

Project lead: Dr Katherine Sleeman (link to profie)

Global health evaluation

We have been selected by the WHO to design and lead the first global palliative care evaluation in response to the World Health Assembly resolution. This evaluation will seek to provide data for Ministries of Health on the costs and outcomes of palliative care. Working with 6 exemplar clinical sites, we will determine the processes and outcomes of care and how they operate within the health system.

Project Director: Prof Richard Harding (link to profile)

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