We often work in small-scale partnerships to build capacity for addressing local health problems with social roots, supporting tangible interventions that are helping to sustain health and livelihoods. Equally, over the years, members of the Institute have consistently played leading roles in the shaping of international policy in our respective specialist areas (Social Sciences Research and Gender Committee; Tropical Diseases Research; WHO HIV/AIDS Department; the Psychosocial Working Group; Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network). Our approach favours the building of local capacity towards sustainable development.
ReBUILD: Research for Building Pro-Poor Health Systems in the aftermath of conflict
TropEd is a global network of 27 higher education institutions in International Health from 19 countries. It provides postgraduate opportunities for education and training contributing to sustainable development and jointly offers a Masters programme in International Health. The MSc International Health offered at IGHD is recognised by the tropEd programme in International Health since the commencement of the association in 1997.
Two routes are possible:
1) you can register as a ‘home’ student with QMU to follow the tropEd Masters, which requires you to a) complete the four core modules in semester 1 for the PG Certificate Global Health and b) complete the taught course requirement by taking a combination of advanced modules with other tropEd higher education institutions (see the list at troped.org/) before c) doing the dissertation at QMU. For further information, ask to speak to the IGHD tropEd Representative.
2) as a postgraduate student following any of the Masters programmes at IGHD, course participants can opt (subject to the approval of the Course Committee) to take selected advanced modules (equivalent to QMU elective modules) from the tropEd menu (see the list at troped.org/) and successfully complete these in any of the tropEd member institutions which are part of the association.
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS)
Launched in January 2010, and co-founded by our colleague, Dr Alison Strang, the QMU-based network promotes better mental health and community support in humanitarian emergencies via an online platform that allows people and organisations to share resources, build knowledge and develop the skills required to respond to the impact of conflict, disaster and chronic adversity.
Individuals, families and entire communities suffer serious emotional and social consequences from exposure to conflict, disaster and chronic hardships resulting from poverty or epidemics like HIV/AIDS. In such humanitarian settings, it is a priority to improve the psychosocial well-being of children and adults and to address serious mental health problems. The field of mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies is relatively young and rapidly evolving. There is much promising practice in the field, but there is still a gap in the use of existing research evidence to guide services, and also a lack of research on the broad range of interventions required to address the many problems that result in suffering for affected people. With large and small-scale emergencies spread across the globe, it is often difficult for practitioners and policy-makers responding to crises on the ground to have access to the best resources and advice from their peers or researchers in other parts of the world.
As a response to this pressing need, the MHPSS Network established an interactive website, a platform for colleagues to meet online, engage in discussion through interest groups, and exchange technical resources through a digital library. The network has received visitors from 177 countries and over 3000 cities and towns, who spent a total of over 3000 hours with resources and information on the site.
Anyone from around the world with an interest in mental health and psychosocial support can join the Network. This includes mental health professionals, policy-makers, community volunteers, spiritual leaders, media personnel, academics and of course people from affected communities.
Collaborations with Academic Institutions:
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), University of Liverpool, UK
- College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), Sierra Leone
- Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH), Uganda
- Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI), Zimbabwe
- Cambodia Development Resources Institute (CDRI), Cambodia
- Colombia University, USA
- Harvard University, USA
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
- Oxford University, UK
- The University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
- University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Institute of Social Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
- Institute of Social Sciences, Atılım University, Ankara, Turkey
- University of Edinburgh, UK
- University of Leeds, UK
Collaborations with Organisations:
- Department for International Development (DFID)
- HIV Scotland
- Médecins Sans Frontières
- Mercy Corps Scotland
- Scotland-Malawi Partnership
- Turkish-German Health Foundation, Giessen, Germany
- Mediterranean Health Care Managers’ Association, Antalya, Turkey