University of Strathclyde public health programmes

Year established 1997
Sectors Academic
Country Chikwawa, Malawi

Overall goals

University of Strathclyde currently has a number of community based public health programmes ongoing in Malawi including:
- Chikwawa Health Initiative: a holistic approach to community health centred around the determinants of health
- Sanitation and Hygiene Applied Research for Equity: research programme led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine focussed on a number of areas including hygiene of complementary foods, menstrual hygiene management and sanitation and hygiene in high risk communities
- WaterSPOUTT: a pilot programme testing innovative large volume solar water disinfection units at household level.
- DRUM: a research programme led by Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where we are exploring the role of water and sanitation in driving antimicrobial resistance in Malawi and Uganda
- Great Lakes Fishing Network: preliminary stages of setting up a five country network to address challenges in hygiene and sanitation in communities around Africa's Great Lakes.

Key UK Colleagues and Partners

University of Strathclyde – EEE
University of Glasgow (Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention research Unit)
University of Stirling
FROM Scotland
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

International Partners

University of Malawi
Mzuzu University
Government of Malawi
Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust
Makerere University
Great Lakes University of Kisumu
Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (Tanzania)
Centre for infectious Disease Research Zambia

Sustainable development goals

  • SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Funding source

Research grants (EU H2020, DfID, GCRF)
Development funding (Scottish Government)

Project origin

Partnership was first established in 1997 to develop the environmental health programme from a diploma to a bachelors degree and has developed from there.

Evidence of need

All programmes we undertake undergo extensive needs assessment

Project areas

Community health improvements
Workforce development
Poly development

Project activities

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Provide evidence to inform effective policy, strategy and programme development

Next steps

Continued research

Partnership principles

  • strategic
  • harmonised
  • effective
  • respectful
  • organised
  • responsible
  • flexible

Project gains

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • awareness
  • academic
  • resilience

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