Carrying out rapid qualitative research during a pandemic: Emerging lessons from COVID-19​

Webinar 26th January 2021 12.00 - 13.00 GMT

Social scientists have a robust history of contributing to better understandings of and responses to disease outbreaks. The implementation of qualitative research in the context of infectious epidemics, however, continues to lag behind in the delivery, credibility and timeliness of findings when compared to other research designs. Cecilia Vindrola-Padros will discuss the importance of qualitative data to inform evidence-based public health responses and provide a way forward to global research teams who wish to implement similar rapid qualitative studies. Join the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine qualitative research webinar

Training: Epidemiology and Modeling of Infectious Diseases in the Humanitarian Setting

Applications due 31st January 2021

The  goal  of  this  FREE  training   is  to  equip  participants  with  foundational infectious  disease  epidemiology  and  modeling  concepts  to  be  able  to  have  a better  command  of  the  interpretation  of  common  data  that  is  available  for  humanitarian  emergencies. Apply for the Epidemiology and Modeling course.

Strengthening public mental health in Africa in response to COVID-19

8th January 2021

The UK-PHRST “Strengthening public mental health in Africa in response to COVID-19” project, due for completion in March 2021, aims to better understand enablers and barriers to integrating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) support as part of the COVID-19 response in African countries, and to identify what is needed to strengthen capacity of national leadership to respond to the mental health aspects of future outbreaks. Read more about this project

In search of coronavirus’ antibodies: conducting a COVID-19 seroprevalence study in a large refugee camp setting

23rd December 2020

To understand more about the transmission of SARS CoV-2 in the refugee camps, the Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology and Disease Control Research (IEDCR) with support from WHO, UNHCR and partners including the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS/IFRC) and the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK-PHRST/LSHTM), is currently conducting a seroprevalence study in all 34 camps to identify antibodies to the causative agent of CoVID-19. Read more about the study.

Neglected tropical diseases activities in Africa in the COVID-19 era: the need for a “hybrid” approach in COVID-endemic times

4th January 2021


This paper outlines how a "hybrid approach" to strengthen health systems, and facilitate integration and cross-sector collaboration in African countries can support achievement of neglected tropical disease (NTD) targets.