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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political ScienceOur research

Global Health

Staff from within SSD are involved with a large number of Global Health projects and programmes in partnership with colleagues from across the university and from other institutions globally. Our key areas of research are embedded within international development frameworks such as the UN Strategic Development Goals (SDGs). Much of our work is underpinned by our strong quantitative expertise, and a hallmark of our work is the analysis of large and complex datasets to inform policy design. We have a strong focus on inequity and improving the health of the most vulnerable.

The group collaborates closely with a number of high- profile policy organisations such as the WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF and DFID, and has an extensive network of international and national research partners from countries throughout the world. We have well- established links with many low and middle income countries including India, China, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Nepal, Ukraine, Brazil and Honduras.

Many of the Department’s Global Health Researchers are members of the Centre for Global Health and Policy (GHAP), an interdisciplinary centre based in the School of Economic, Social and Political Sciences. We have also worked closely with researchers from human geography engaged in WorldPop to produce novel geo-spatial estimates of key SDG indicators, including adolescent childbearing.

Areas of particular focus include sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), as well as maternal, child and adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, disability and health systems. For example, projects working in Central and South America aim to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and mothers, especially those in protracted displacement. We also work on issues related to the well-being of internally displaced persons in Ukraine. We have a long-lasting collaboration with the African Health Research Institute studying HIV/AIDS and other diseases in South Africa, especially among couples. Our work on lower limb conditions in Nepal and Cambodia analyses the prevalence of the conditions with the aim of raising awareness and support. Finally, during the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff have been involved with projects on maternity care in the UK and around the world.

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