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 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

The ReBUILD Consortium is a research partnership funded by the UK Department for International Development. Together with our partners, we are working in Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

TropEd Network

As founder members of the tropEd network, we have worked together, since the mid 1990s, with prestigious European institutions for higher education in international health to provide high quality postgraduate opportunities. Courses at these institutions are open to IIHD students registered for the MSc International Health – either as a students registered to follow the tropEd pathway or those registered for the QMU masters. (For information about the tropEd pathway, contact Suzanne Fustukian.

In 2004, IIHD along with eight other members of  tropEd formed a Consortium offering the European MSc International Health which was recognised by the European  Union in their  Erasmus Mundus scheme. Individuals interested in following this course and applying for scholarship to study should apply to the Consortium secretariat at the Université Bordeaux Segalen. Our participation recognises academic excellence in our teaching and learning, and also provides us with a diversity of students with proven academic ability at the highest levels.

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS)

Launched in January 2010, and co-founded by Senior Research Fellow, 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. Over the past 18 months, mhpss.net has received visitors from 177 countries and over 3000 cities and towns, who spent a total of over 3000 hours browsing 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.

MHPSS Website

Other Collaborations

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
  • UNAIDS
  • UNICEF
  • WHO
  • Turkish-German Health Foundation, Giessen, Germany
  • Mediterranean Health Care Managers’ Association, Antalya, Turkey

Memberships:

  • TropEd
  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Development Studies Association
  • Scotland-Malawi Partnership
  • NIDOS
  • UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development
  • Global Health Workforce Alliance