Dr. Rachael Thomson is the Director of the CouNTDown research consortium in the Department of Tropical Disease Biology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). CouNTDown is dedicated to investigating cost-effective, scale-up and sustainable solutions, necessary to control and eliminate the most common Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Rachael leads programmes that apply health system strengthening approaches to NTD drug delivery, researching how NTD activities can support broader health systems. CouNTDown is a DFID funded research programme of neglected topical diseases in Ghana, Cameroon, Liberia and Nigeria.
Prior to LSTM, Rachael worked for DFID, focusing on communicable diseases, and for an NGO focusing on primary health service provision in fragile states (including Yemen and Somalia). Whilst at LSTM, she previously worked for over 10 years on projects focusing on extending TB and lung health services to primary health care level and to informal providers. This work had a strong equity focus and resonates with the key aims of Universal Healthcare Coverage around ‘Leaving No-one Behind’. Her PhD explored pluralistic health systems in a fragile state (Sudan), mapping the plethora of public interactions with health services. Given her extensive background in health systems strengthening and health policy research across many LMIC’s,
Rachael is motivated by ensuring the voices of the most vulnerable populations are heard, through evidence based findings.