Avoidable and preventable death and disease are among the major challenges facing the world today. At UCL we are in an excellent position to help overcome the barriers to global health when we work together.
The cross-fertilisation and application of global health expertise at UCL is coordinated through the UCL Institute for Global Health. It has developed an institution-wide agenda leading to strategies, programmes, research and teaching to bring our combined expertise to bear on the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health.
The solutions to achieving this reside equally in all our disciplines: from the arts and humanities, built environment, engineering and law to basic and applied biomedical sciences.
Africa Centre for Population Health
The Africa Centre for Population Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, carries out research on population and health issues affecting a rural population with one of the highest burdens of HIV in the world. The Centre was established in 1998 by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the South African Medical Research Council, and employs more than 500 people, including around 25 scientists.
The cornerstone of the Centre's research programme is a household demographic survey (currently three times per year) that since 2000 has collected data on births, deaths, marriage and migration events, as well as household economics. The survey covers a population of around 100 000. An annual HIV surveillance study, established in 2003, covers adults 15 years and older, collecting data on HIV status, sexual behaviour and relationships, and other health issues. The Centre also has a virology laboratory at the Medical School in Durban, with research relating to the dynamics of HIV in breast milk and population viral phylogenetics.
The Centre works with the local Department of Health to run one of the region's largest rural, primary-care-level antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes. Through this, its demographic surveillance database is complemented with clinical and laboratory data on HIV-infected people attending the clinics before and after ART initiation. This enables the Centre to evaluate trends in the HIV epidemic and the impact of interventions, and to determine outcomes at the individual, household and community levels.
UCL-Africa Centre Collaborations
The UCL Population & Lifelong Health Domain is supporting coordination of UCL-Africa Centre collaborations and would be keen to hear from any UCL staff interested in developing joint research projects, PhD supervision, joint positions and secondments.
" "The UCL Population & Lifelong Health Domain is supporting coordination of UCL-Africa Centre collaborations and would be keen to hear from any UCL staff interested in developing joint research projects, PhD supervision, joint positions and secondments."