Global health is a complex and exciting area that involves people from all areas of the world participating in work, study and other activity to improve our health and wellbeing, which we think is captured well in the following definition:
“Global Health is an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global Health emphasizes transnational health issues, determinants and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the global health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level care” Koplan et al, The Lancet (2010)
The King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships brings together academic, health and international development communities, pioneering a distinctive approach that is responsive, rigorous and long-term.
The Centre unites King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, bringing together people working and studying at the university and Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts to:
- promote collaboration in global health across the wider King’s community - all 9 Schools within King’s College London and all 21 Clinical Academic Groups within King’s Health Partners
- help governments to improve health care and its outcomes by empowering people, strengthening organizations and enhancing systems.
Supporting the achievements of 4 WHO Sustainable Development Goals:
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals
King’s Health Partners
Our approach to global health prioritises:
- Inclusivity and collaboration
The centre works to improve collaborative projects and teaching in global health between professionals, students, academics and institutions. There is an exciting range of activity taking place across Kings, linking out to other actors in the UK and abroad.
The Centre is co-located with the Global Health education team, providing a unique opportunity link the health partnerships teams into student engagement. Our global health work has been strengthened through sustained and effective student engagement within the Centre in our MSc and iBSc courses and the King’s Community.
- Mutuality with partners around the world
Health systems capacity building through long-term health partnerships has been an essential part of our global health work. Our partnerships promote mutual learning and understanding between partner institutions in the global north and south. In addition, we endorse the mutuality between the social, political and health sciences as well as between KCL academics and clinicians working across our partner NHS Trusts.
Our approach to global health also celebrates global citizenship by acknowledging and supporting ways that individuals and groups can get involved in tackling the profound inequities in health and wellbeing within and between high and low income countries. We strive to work with diverse actors at international, national, and local levels, and promote intercultural dialogue and collaboration.
King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London university and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. It is one of only five AHSCs in the UK and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. KCGH is looking to support global health activity within each of the 21 Clinical Academic Groups within King’s Health Partners, as well as in university departments. We believe this will help strengthen connections between medicine, clinical practice, social sciences and the humanities in the field of global health.