Martin Prince awarded £7m NIHR Unit Grant

10 October 2017

CGMH co- founder, Professor Martin Prince, has been awarded £7m by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), for King’s to establish the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, ent.itled ASSET.  The project will last from 2018 - 2021.                         

The NIHR Global Health Research Unit will be interdisciplinary, involving 28 researchers from across King’s, with our partner institutions; Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia); University of Cape TownUniversity of Cape Town Lung Institute, and University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa); University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); and King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (Sierra Leone). Mindwave Ventures will be developing apps for healthcare management.

He said,‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this exciting new program. The health outcome gap between richer and poorer nations must be bridged.  We believe that existing resources can be used more efficiently and effectively, to bring better care to more people. This requires health systems that are better adapted to delivering continuing care, and with a commitment to quality improvement.

We shall be working with policymakers, health service managers, and the healthcare workforce at district level in each of the four partner countries to develop, pilot and evaluate a package of health system strengthening initiatives.

The challenge is to demonstrate meaningful improvement in key health outcomes over the next four years. The Unit builds upon a decade of King’s collaborative research with our partners in sub-Saharan Africa in primary care, mental health, maternal health, palliative and surgical care. Now we are coming together to develop common solutions to common barriers to progress. This speaks directly to the core mission of new King’s Global Health Institute – delivering healthcare, leaving no one behind.’

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