King’s Global Health Institute researchers have, in the last year, been awarded three major programme grants, to the value of £21m through the Research Councils UK Global Challenge Research Fund, and NIHR Global Health Research funding mechanisms. These awards have established an NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa (ASSET), and two research capacity building programmes, on Research for Health in Conflict in the Middle and near East Region (RH4C-MENA), and Integrating Translation Science to improve pregnancy Care in east, west and southern Africa (PRECISE). These awards complement the established success of the CRADLE trials, seeking to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity by introducing practical low-cost vital signs alert devices for early detection of hypertension and circulatory shock.
The four programmes each illustrate core features of KGHI’s mission
1. to seek practical and scalable solutions to improve the delivery, quality and outcomes of healthcare in resource-limited settings;
2. to work closely with policymakers, providers and patients to achieve impact - promoting knowledge translation into policy and practice;
3. to build interdisciplinarity into every aspect of our research, education and training;
4. to establish and nurture research networks – across the four programmes KGHI is partnering with Universities in 13 sub-Saharan African countries, four in the Middle East and North Africa, and India, Pakistan and Haiti;
5. to commit to capacity-building as a core component of all of our research programmes, and an essential feature of partnerships based upon respect, equity, and mutual benefit – in the first year of these programmes 15 students (from the UK and low income countries) will be starting PhD studies at King’s College London, with a similar number commencing studies at partner universities
These four programmes have numerous interactive elements with overlapping investigators, partners, research themes and methods, creating potential for cross-programme learning, and collaboration on capacity-building for greater reach and impact. Collectively, they provide a strong platform for KGHI to grow its portfolio of research – delivering global health, leaving no one behind.