Global Child Health

We aim to improve children’s health through exciting opportunities across a broad spectrum of research: experimental medicine, evidence synthesis, clinical trials, implementation and evaluation. 

Building on the long tradition of LSTM excellence in tropical child health, our group has developed our research and teaching for today’s globalised environment. We aim to combine knowledge and expertise from both the developing and developed worlds to improve the health and well being of all children and especially the most vulnerable living in low resource settings.

Our international partnerships allow us to view priority child health problems from a global perspective. Collaborative research overseas is undertaken with colleagues at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Sanger Institutes in Oxford, The MRC Laboratories, The Gambia and the College of Medicine and Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Unit, Malawi and the Global Child Health Group, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam.

In the UK, collaborative research is undertaken with colleagues at Alder Hey Children’s and the Royal Liverpool Hospitals and is facilitated through the NHS National Institute for Health Research-Children theme and the British Society of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN). Collaborative research with the Sefton Primary Health Care Trust tracks asthma and obesity in children in Merseyside.

Teaching

Our teaching in global child health is provided by LSTM staff and supported by external child health professionals. All of our teaching faculty have extensive experience of work in both high and low income settings. We convene the Masters of Tropical Paediatrics and actively contribute to several other MSc courses, the DTM&H and other short courses.

The main focus of our teaching is to generate the future leaders of global child health. Core topics are the global burden of disease, programmatic approaches to improving child survival (e.g. IMCI, ETAT, EPI) and bedside management using real clinical scenarios in malnutrition, pneumonia, diarrhoea, HIV, the preterm/low birthweight infant and malaria.

In the MTP, we also promote the development of the broad range of skills required to lead improvements in health services for children. These include leadership and presentation skills, using and generating evidence, quality improvement and applying a Child Rights and equity lens to day-to-day work.