COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Global Health and Broader Context

Global Health and Broader Context

Understanding the global drivers of health and healthcare is vital. Under this interdisciplinary theme we consider primary care in a global context, including workforce and health systems and examine the broader global challenges of which health and wellbeing are an important component. Understanding the transnational nature of health and potential policy solutions helps to place primary care in the bigger picture.

Current Activity

  • AMR Historical Foresight - Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major global public health threat. There is impetus to create global governance mechanisms as part of a response to address the challenges of AMR. In this project the team are developing an innovative approach to combine historical perspectives with future looking methodologies to understand whether lessons can be useful drawn from AMR from how tobacco control and climate change have evolved. 
  • Priority setting partnership on pelvic floor disorders in Ethiopia – Many women globally suffer with symptoms of pelvic floor problems such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Members of the team are part of a priority setting partnership, being led by the University of Exeter and with the James Lind Alliance and University of Gondar, to identify research priorities form the perspectives of women and healthcare professionals in the Gondar region of Ethiopia.
  • WHO Basic Rehabilitation Package for supporting the integration of rehabilitation services within primary health care (PHC) and low-resource settings. The package will outline basic interventions for rehabilitation that can be safely and effectively delivered by existing workforce within these settings (including general practitioners, nurses and community health workers) through a task-sharing approach, as well as the resources required to deliver them. The package will support Ministries of Health in planning, budgeting and integrating basic rehabilitation at PHC level. The package will also inform the development of clinical protocols and training materials for existing PHC workforce. Jose M Valderas is a member of the Working Group.