The aim of the NIHR funded Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums is to work collaboratively to improve health service delivery in slums, benefiting the population of low and middle income countries by reducing morbidity and mortality at the population level, and doing this at the smallest possible cost to both individuals receiving health services and wider society.
The project team will map current health services and facilities and understand how these are used in seven slums across Asia and Africa. They will identify the costs associated with how the health services run in each slum, including costs to the patients and their households.
Looking to the long-term the team will develop models of the health services and use these to look at ways of improving health service delivery.
Our international partners are:
- African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya
- Independent University, Bangladesh
- The Aga Khan University, Pakistan
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria
In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, our project is keen to make a contribution towards mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in slums. Please see the attached document that contains potentially relevant information about tackling COVID-19 in a slum setting.
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The aim of this project is to develop a competitive proposal which will improve health service delivery through digital innovation, benefitting the people who live in LMICs by reducing morbidity and mortality at population level, and doing this at the smallest possible cost to both the individuals receiving health services and wider society.
The Unit is led by Professor Richard Lilford, University of Warwick and collaborates with other academic institutions including Keele University, African Population and Health Research Centre in Kenya, University of Ibadan in Nigeria, The Aga Khan University in Pakistan and the Independent University Bangladesh.
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