Reflects and extends the University’s commitment to those in need in low- and middle-income countries.

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About us

The Winchester Centre for Global Health is a dynamic hub of academics and researchers working together to contribute significantly towards the University’s aim to tackle global challenges through its research-related activity and teaching, by addressing ‘the most urgent problems facing humankind’, as set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Centre members collaborate with health practitioners, employers, policy makers and academics to improve the understanding and knowledge of and participation in global health practice, mainly - though not exclusively - in low- and middle-income countries.

An underpinning principle of the Centre is developing an understanding of knowledge exchange by encouraging the evaluation and research of global health activity. We aim to make our research accessible to a wider group of stakeholders through dissemination, and through award-bearing undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes.

Main areas of focus:

  • Exploration of the scope, importance and nature of practice in global health
  • Collaboration in and support of networks, the participants of which are engaged in or have oversight of global health activity, in low- and middle- income countries
  • Creation of robust methodologies for the evaluation of the impact of global health sustainable projects

Collaborations

The Centre has close collaborations with a number of individuals and groups working in the field of global health. These are detailed below. The Centre is keen to hear from other health practitioners, employers, policy makers and academics who wish to be involved.

The Kintampo Project

The Kintampo Project was a large-scale education programme that helped develop new mental health workers in Ghana. 

It ran between 2007-2017 and has vastly increased Ghana’s community mental health provision. The project originated via THET (Tropical Health Education Trust, UK) facilitation when the College of Health and Wellbeing, Kintampo, a Ghanaian health professions college, contacted THET in 2006 seeking support. A Link was formed between the college and a UK team centred on Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Hampshire.

Adding hundreds of mental health workers to the workforce has meant that thousands of Ghanaians with mental health disorders and their families now receive support, often for the first time. As the practice of these mental health workers was new, there was no experience of their likely clinical role; nobody had prepared them before for this and there were no identified educators or supervisors to support them, so at the start of the project there were no initial or in-service opportunities for them as professionals. All of that was devised and introduced as part of the project.

The full impact of the project is still being assessed. A survey of all Ghana’s mental health services in 2011 (see link below)  illustrates provision at that time and the survey is being repeated in 2020. The education programmes developed via The Kintampo Project now run fully independent in Ghana and have even been upgraded and extended. The new workforce is still growing and is now a major force within mental health services in Ghana.

Explore the links below for examples of the work undertaken by the Kintampo Project.

Literature

Journal articles

Locke, R. Coles, C. Grout, G. Lusznat, R. Overton, J. and Roberts, M. (submitted 2020) Co-development and Innovation in Global Health: A case study of educational change. Health Professions Education.

Roberts, M., Mogan, C., Asare, J. An overview of Ghana's mental health system: results from an assessment using the World Health Organization's Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS): International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2014, 8:16 DOI: 10.1186/1752-4458-8-16

Roberts M, Adjase ET and Crabb T (2014) Innovations in mental health training – the Kintampo Project, Ghana. International Psychiatry 11(2)

Reports 

Roberts et al. 2013 The mental health system in Ghana - full report

Rural Health Training School documents

Guidelines for Preceptors supporting the training of MAP and CMHO

Curriculum for Degree in Clinical Psychiatry 

Curriculum for Community Mental Health Officer

Partnerships in Health Information (Phi)

Phi is a programme dedicated to contributing to improved health care in countries with few material resources. By building partnerships between health libraries, Phi supports access to reliable health information. To find out more about Phi, contact the University Phi lead, Chris Zielinski.

Surgical teams Working In aFrica Together for Safer Surgery (SWIFTSS)

SWIFTSS is a UK-based charitable trust (UK Registered Charity No. 1186564) established in 2019 with the goal to help improve surgical care in Africa through collaboration, education and training. Following the successful development of a safe, affordable and sustainable mesh hernia repair service using ‘mosquito net mesh’ in Muheza, Tanzania, their first project is the Tanzania Mesh Hernia Project. Building upon this ‘Muheza Approach’ and in collaboration with the Tanzanian Surgical Association (TSA), the ambitious aim to establish mesh hernia surgery as the gold standard approach to inguinal hernia repair throughout Tanzania within 5 years. SWIFTSS and the Winchester Centre for Global Health have teamed up for mutual benefit and to help drive ongoing improvement in Global Health.

Find out more about SWIFTSS (Surgical teams Working In aFrica Together for Safer Surgery)

Wessex Global Health Network

The Wessex Global Health Network, led by Dr John Acres, helps people interested in global health to keep in touch with each other and to remain up to date with local, national and international developments. Through its concern for the health needs of refugees, WGHN is also a partner in the University's Forced Migration NetworkFind out more about the Wessex Global Health Network.

Meet the team

Convenor: Dr Rachel Locke 

Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in International Development (Global Health)

Dr John Acres

John is a Visiting Fellow and coordinates the Wessex Global Health Network.

Prof. Colin Coles

Colin is a co-founder of the Winchester Centre for Global Health

Dr Rosie Lusznat

Rosie is Associate Dean for Professional Development in the Wessex Professional Support Unit at NHS Health Education England

Dr David Percy

David is a co-founder of the Winchester Centre for Global Health

Mark Roberts

Mark is a Visiting Fellow of Knowledge Exchange

Chris Zielinski

Chris is a Visiting Fellow and the University lead for the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme.

Mark Szymankiewicz

Mark is a consultant colorectal and general surgeon at Salisbury NHS FT. He is the founder of SWIFTSS (Surgical teams Working In aFrica Together for Safer Surgery; see above) and joined the centre in 2020.

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