Global health

Global health

We have a unique strength in Global Health due to its multidisciplinary grouping of academics, NHS partners, links to non-government organisations, volunteers and their partnerships in Manchester, across the northwest, nationally and internationally.
Global health

Global health is a growing field of academic study and research, our Global health theme aims to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for improving global health, mirroring MAHSC’s principal aims, through the provision of high-quality education, research, advice on policies and strategies, and effective collaboration, operating locally, nationally and internationally and focusing particularly on low and middle-income countries (L/MIC).

The group will look to shape the concept of global health itself; marking out Manchester Global Health as the centre of an international collaborative network of academics and practitioners where the high-income established centres work alongside and support the nascent centres in L/MIC towards a common goal of improving health for all.

“Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care”

(Kaplan et al 2009)1. Lancet 2009; 373:1993–95

Taking MAHSC Global health forward

Launched in 2013, the strategy for Global Health at MAHSC identified major themes to take MAHSC Global health forward to become a national and international leader in teaching and research, influencing and advising on policy whilst providing a ‘Manchester-made’ model of good practice for training standards and preparing healthcare volunteers for work in low/ middle-income countries.

Key themes include:

Research and teaching through a University of Manchester Centre for Global Health beginning with a Centre for Global Women’s Health, led by Professor Dame Tina Lavender.

The professionalisation of volunteering through the MAHSC Centre for NHS Volunteering at University Hospital South Manchester (UHSM), led by Professor Rajan Madhok and engaging with all MAHSC clinical partners.

Developing our strengths in humanitarianism led by Professor Tony Redmond through the the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at The University of Manchester and the work of partner NGO, UK-Med.

Influencing the global health agenda through engagement of senior academic and clinical staff with donors and policymakers and in particular contributing to the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.



Click here to read our new MAHSC Global Health Strategy

Initial activity in respect of a MAHSC Global health theme commenced in late 2011 and gathered momentum through the generation of substantial internal and external enquiry, discussion and interest amongst partners. Building on feedback from a series of workshops held in 2012, a Global health strategy was launched in 2013 focusing on those areas identified as priorities by the international community and major donors and reflected in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with an event supported by representation from the World Health Organization and Department for International Development. Since then we have been moving forward in realising our ambition to develop a portfolio of research and education programmes that harness and build on the existing strengths of the MAHSC partnership and the multi-disciplinary expertise of the staff. We are a small and enthusiastic team who are keen to engage with colleagues who have an interest in developing and delivering Global Health projects.

Please contact any one of the team to discuss how you might collaborate with us in this area.

Key achievements

In 2013 we established an academic Centre for Global Women’s Health to address from the outset one of the fundamental measures of equitable access to a properly functioning health system. The Centre will promote improvements in women’s health through research, education and clinical practice. This will be at the frontline of a wider Centre for Global Health Research to be developed in the longer term.

We are supporting the development of the Manchester Centre for Global Health Volunteering, launched in 2013 and based at the University Hospital of South Manchester Academy. In partnership with MAHSC, and with funding from Health Innovation and Education Cluster, the volunteering centre has been established to support and promote overseas health volunteering.

We are working towards documenting the diversity of global health-related activity taking place across the MAHSC partnership and to this end we have developed a brochure with a sample of projects currently being planned and delivered.


To develop and establish a Centre for Global Women’s Health in the School of Nursing,Midwifery & Social Work at The University of Manchester, with the aim of becoming a interdisciplinary cross faculty research theme in global health and becoming a nationally and internationally recognised MAHSC Centre for Global health.

To establish a comprehensive global health education and learning programme that includes undergraduates, postgraduates and continuous personal development across the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences.

To establish a MAHSC Centre for Volunteering, with the creation of the ‘Manchester-made’ branded volunteer, to provide support to existing overseas NHS health links and to help others become established. We will build an increased capacity for research and teaching in these countries and also accredited training courses for healthcare volunteers wishing to engage with partners overseas. The centre will also provide a programme of support to local diaspora, addressing health inequalities experienced here, and in their country of origin.

To influence policymakers in developing the global health agenda at national, governmental and international levels.

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